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Make an Informed Decision When Considering Law School

Law prof Paul Campos advises a critical look at job statistics before students pursue J.D. degrees.

Do a cost-benefit analysis of a J.D. degree to determine if law school is the right choice for you.

Don't go to law school as a default option that you just sort of wander into, which, unfortunately, a lot of people do. If you're going to spend $150,000 or $200,000, it had better be for a good enough reason in regard to your likely career outcome.

And at the vast majority of law schools right now for the vast majority of students, it doesn't make sense to spend that kind of money. That's a hard truth, but that's the way it is.

This story is excerpted from the U.S. News Best Graduate Schools 2014 guidebook, which features in-depth articles, rankings, and data.