Mike Leach graduated in the top third of his class at Pepperdine School of Law, then decided to do something really stupid — become a football coach. Last month he gave an interview to Miriam Rozen of Texas Lawyer to explain why he took a pass on a legal career.
Among the highlights:
When did it dawn on him he was not going to use his law degree?
"I think I use my law degree every day, and I really do, because a football game is a lot like preparing for a trial."
Did he ever wonder what life would have been like if he became a practicing lawyer?
"About seven years ago I talked to some of my friends from law school. They said, 'I'm so jealous of you.' At the time, [before Leach began coaching at Texas Tech] my home was a two-bedroom apartment, and I was making between $33,000 and $48,000 a year. And they were talking about looking at possible condos to buy as tax shelters. I was envious of their need to look for tax shelters."
Does he perform any lawyering now?
"Occasionally a player gets into some kind of bind, and I have ideas but mostly I use it to get out of jury duty."