I recently had a conversation about applying to LLM programs with my mother. The conversation went something like this:
Me: So I’d like to talk to you about LLM Programs.
Mom: Yes (add in the hesitation you can hear because she is clued in enough to know where this conversation is heading)
Me: I need help with the fees
Mom: (note: my mother is an accountant) what are we talking about here
Me: I’ve identified eight strong programs
Mom: And . . .
Me: The fees are between $70 and $90
Mom: so you need $650
Mom: Good thing I haven’t bought your Christmas gift yet.
But then she asked the question that I still don’t have the answer for, “is it really worth it?” Her point was this: in essence I [she] would be paying $650 for one program – because you can only accept one. And adding in the actual cost of attending wouldn’t it be better to take ANY job to make money rather than throwing a whole hell of a lot of money at the problem just to come out with no assurances that I’ll be right back here in one year and deeper in the hole.
I don’t have the answer to this. What I do know is that at this point we can’t afford to stand by and let opportunities pass us by. I don’t know what I’ll be doing come summer 2011 but if I don’t apply to these programs then I’ll wonder what opportunities I could have had if I had applied. Who knows – this could be a wasted Christmas gift and I should have just asked for the iPad. But at least I’ll know that I tried for the option of getting an LLM. And isn’t this what it is all about right now – pushing for every opportunity we can imagine.