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I like to look at life in bayesian terms whenever possible. In my opinion the difference in probability of landing a job if you're already a good candidate with law school vs i have no idea to an employer is huge. I was in this very situation and flat out lied because I really wanted the job, and may have otherwise had a really hard time finding any job (probably would have settle for something I would have hated or nothing at all). At the time I was certain this drastically increased my chances at the job and as a result I landed the job, not only did I land the job but I lined up so well with the skills and fit of the job that I was immediately thrown into a far more lucrative and interesting position within the same company that I could have never dreamed of. Because of this I'm seriously weighing my options now between staying with this career that has developed out of literally nowhere and law school. I am 99% sure that this would have never happened had I not been directly misleading about my future intentions, and as a result my future intentions have quite literally changed. 

 In short life is uncertain and too short so as long as you're not going to screw the person over hard why not gamble a little, increase your chances at something you want. Just my unique anecdote though

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