"Is it too late for me to go to law school?," both you and Elaine Benes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus's character on the hit 90s sitcom Seinfeld, have probably asked at some point in your non-law school attending professional life. Much like college, law school is known to provide a jumble of personal and professional skills that are said to set you apart from candidates who don't. But, also like college, law school carries a steep price tag: average tuition at a private university's law school runs at an average of $45,467 per year. Even public law schools run from an average of $25,890 and $38,885 per year, in-state and out-of-state costs respectively.

So, will it make you rich?

As of last month, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal industry currently employs 1,125,300 people, 1,500 more than in October of 2015. Last year, the Times reported that the starting salary for first-year hires at law firms almost universally range in the triple-figures. James Leipold, of the National Association for Law Placement, told the Times that, in New York, "the $160,000 starting salary is almost universal." So, yes.

In fact, now just might be the time to get into the legal sector. Susan Beck, writing for no less an institution than The American Lawyer, reports that, "Nearly all [law firm leaders] said that Trump's presidency will initially mean more work for many lawyers." One of those leaders that Beck quoted, Kim Koopersmith of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, one of the most profitable law firms in the country, admitted that "because [Trump] has an agenda that is kind of unprecedented and untested, it does raise the prospect of significant legal needs in a variety of practices."

Choices, Though

It's not just a matter of taking classes and passing the right tests, however. The legal world is a far cry from the slammed-down briefs of the criminal justice world. The kind of law you decide to focus on, however, depends as much on your personal interests as where you plan to practice. A great resource, even before you start looking at law schools, is BCG Search, a legal placement service that closely monitors current legal opportunities all over the country. Right now, for instance, you can access their State of the Law Firm Hiring Market for Spring-Summer 2016 and find out which fields are hiring and where.

Wendy Siegel, Director of Recruitment & Marketing at the NYU School of Law's Office of Career Services, reiterates the sheer importance of doing your homework before sitting down for that LSAT. "Students need to do some investigative research and soul-searching," she told me when I asked her how potential students should approach considering law school. It's essential, she said, "to speak with as many people as possible to make sure they understand what law school is like, which school would be the best fit, and speak to lawyers who are doing the type of work that they might be interested in doing down the road."

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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