Is it possible to go from practicing at a private firm to to working for the government or teaching? Do judges ever come out of private firms or are they always prosecutors?
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Exactly how accurate are NALP forms? I'm looking at one for an international law firm's NY office and it has the average hours worked at a little less than 2200 and average billed at about 1850 with no minimum billable requirement. Can this be right and, if so, why doesn't that seem as bad as it should be given the size and location of the firm?
Assuming I graduate from either Columbia or NYU, and I am at or near the top of my class, what type of options will I have in terms of employment. Aside from becoming a prosecutor, public defender, or working for a big law firm, where could I seek employment? I would like to work in the private sector but I know I do not want to become a billable hour machine. Is it possible to go to work for a company or organization (I guess as an "in-house" attorney) right out of law school?
I have heard so many different stories about the lives of law firm associates. It is just hard for me to believe that every high paying law firm requires their associates to work 60+ hours every week. If being a lawyer is such a miserable profession then why is enrollment/interest in law school higher than ever before? Why do people become lawyers and work at high paying law firms if the firms do rob them of having any life? How do lawyers find time to get married and have kids if they are working so much? I am not scared of working hard, but I do not want 60+ hours to be the norm at my job. I can see myself being happy while working 50 hours or more, on average, and some weekends, but I do not want to be at a job that requires me to sell my soul. Can anyone share their experience working at a large/mid-sized firm? What are typical hours/schedules?