When she farms sheep, the sheep spin the wool. When you think she’s acting, she’s just being herself. She coaches polo while playing poker. She doesn’t always go to law school, but when she does, she goes to Michigan Law.

She’s the most interesting lawyer in the world.

Okay, so graduating from law school doesn’t make you a lawyer. But “the most interesting law school graduate in the world”, just didn’t have the same ring.

Until recently, this mysterious figure was largely, well, a mystery. That was until Michigan Law School, The Most Honest Law School, revealed her identity.

Now in the interest of full-disclosure (as irrelevant as this may be), I spent my undergraduate vacation in Ann Arbor (I’m also a huge Michigan football fan check out the 2013 ESPN 150, a lot of M’s on there). So any allegations of perceived bias I may have toward anything remotely maize and blue, are completely warranted.

In its employers statistics for classes of 2009–2011, Michigan Law freely admits that not all of its graduates pursue law jobs. Some pursue other employment including:

  • Actor
  • Dentist’s office
  • Independent Contractor
  • Pharmacy
  • Restaurant
  • Sheep Farmer
  • Chief writer at Univision
  • Startup
  • E-commerce Consulting
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Nonlaw university faculty position
  • Bar Owner
  • Polo Coach
  • Elected State Representative
  • Professional Poker
  • And of course, Community Organizing

And with the barrage of attacks recently launched against law schools, Michigan Law, in true Wolverine form, fires back with a vengeance.

Now I didn’t do the math, but as intriguing as a sheep farming, acting, polo coaching, poker playing, law school graduate is, I’m skeptical that these employment figures reflect the effort of a single human.

Nonetheless, I for one, applaud both Michigan Law, as well as, those industrious law school graduates that are pursuing “Nonlegal employment” opportunities.

Admittedly, I don’t know very much about the economics of sheep farming. Maybe that’s what all the 1%’ers do?

I know a couple of actors, and for the most part, they’re “starving artists.”

I’m not familiar with polo coaching as a career choice, but I used to coach high school football and, at least in south east Michigan public schools, coaches’ salaries won’t support even the most austere lifestyles.

I’ve met a couple professional poker players. But most of them are more like Lester ‘Worm’ Murphy and less like Johnny Chan.

And I know a lot of law school graduates, current law school students, and yes, even some prospective law school students.

And many of these folks are doing just fine in terms of carving out a livelihood. Some are even thriving. But do they make enough to overcome the law school debt numbers? Again, I’m skeptical.

And of course, there’s the question of whether you actually need to go to law school to pursue one of these employment opportunities. I suppose even sheep farmers can benefit from learning how to think like a lawyer…

So as wonderful as it is that Michigan Law is shining some sunlight onto their employment statistics, if your law school enrollment motivation is purely making money, I would suggest that you’ll have better luck with any of the “nonlegal employment” choices listed above.

After all, these are the employment stats for #10 Michigan Law.

How many Sheep Farmer, JDs is the 4th tier cranking out?

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  1. Lazaros Karavidas says:

    My name is Lazaros Karavidas. I live in Clinton Township Michigan and I’m gainfully employed in the restaurant business in local Metro Detroit. Been considering law school for some time but family obligations kept me away from pursuing anything. Im ready emotionally yet not financially for me to pursue my dream. My biggest fear is quite obvious I dislike incurring all the debt load that would come with successfully completing law school. My question is how to make a passion come true without serious financial trauma?

    • JOHN says:

      Hey Lazaros

      Honestly you really have to love what you are doing But…Law is a business like any other and if you want to eventually make money you have to spend money,
      ie: Law School etc
      nothing is for nothing! if you not prepared to commit 100 % of your money and time into your legal education..you are already focusing on the wrong career.

      from one greek to another…Yasou

      john Comninos

  2. Argyrios says:


    Have you explored scholarships & grants?

  3. Terry.A says:

    I agree with John and add the following. Commitment is necessary to secure the grades that are securing jobs today. In fact better grades are required for future entrants to the legal profession as recruiters unfortunately are ruthless. For what it is worth, my view is that lawyers should recruit and not recruiters.

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