Law Students

Man Joins Army to Pay Off Law School Debt
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Let’s say you swept through your law courses, got your JD, you’re made of gold, and nothing could dare stop you. That is, except not getting hired. Let’s say you are like St. Thomas Law School graduate Thomas McGregor and you had incredible loans but no prospects? “I paid off $108,000 of law school loan debt. All I had to do was put my life on the line,” not so much by defending clients on high profile cases, but by defending the country and its interests: he joined the army.

Taking up his gun and fighting in Afghanistan for three years seemed a more solid bid for financial freedom for McGregor than withering away with no legal job. He was bright and bubbly and hoping to get “a good job right away,” when he began circulating his resume and working an unpaid internship at a legal aid clinic.

  
What
Where


But no dice, instead, he returned to the same job he’d worked summers for 13 years, at the family’s roofing distribution center, at $15 an hour with no benefits, managing roofing material orders with a forklift.

“I’d load up the pick-up truck or unload returns, it was pretty much manual labor,” he said, as Above the Law reported. Meanwhile he owed $1,200 a month.

“I was just being realistic. I’d be paying those loans off forever and I knew interest compounding would make it go up. I couldn’t think of any better options.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Though he needed to remain on the Army for only three years, he enjoyed it and stayed on.

“Joining the Army is something people can only decide for themselves,” he said. “It was a great opportunity… I don’t think any other job would be close to this.”



Except maybe lawyering, assuming, though, that one has a taste for it – which hopefully he would if he invested so much as 3 years, a bar exam, an an unpaid internship in it.



 

BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Complex Litigation Attorney with 3-5 years of arbitration experience

USA-FL-Miami

Miami office of our client seeks complex litigation attorney with 3-5 years of law firm experience i...

Apply Now

Senior Business & Commercial Litigation Attorney

USA-CA-Irvine

Irvine office is seeking a business and commercial litigation attorney with 5+ years of experience. ...

Apply Now

Commercial Litigation Attorney with 1-3 years of experience

USA-TX-Dallas

Dallas office of our client seeks litigation attorney with 1-3 years of experience. The candidate wi...

Apply Now

Labor and Employment Attorney with 3-4 years of litigation experience

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office of our client seeks labor and employment attorney with 3-4 years of litigation ex...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Estate Planning Paralegal

USA-VA-Williamsburg

ESTATE PLANNING PARALEGAL Full time position in the Williamsburg Office of a regional, multi-o...

Apply now

Legal Assistant / Paralegal

USA-CA-Santa Cruz

Atchison, Barisone & Condotti, APC is a boutique law firm located in downtown Santa Cruz specializin...

Apply now

ERISA Associate

USA-DC-Washington

Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, PC, a midsize union-side labor law and employee benefits law...

Apply now

Receptionist and Phone Agent for Legal Office

USA-AZ-Phoenix

Job Summary -Receptionist and Telephone Intake Specialist Position Available- At the Law Offic...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top