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Job Search / Options after law school
« on: September 26, 2007, 07:48:04 PM »
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?

Job Search / Re: Real deal on law firm life
« on: September 26, 2007, 06:32:55 PM »
Aha, again I get these conflicting reports. I would imagine that being a lawyer requires more than the average 9-5 but not a regular 8-8.  I have no problem, and expect, to log the very long days when there is a very important case in the works or a huge deadline that needs to be met. The way I see it, any job in any field that pays six figures is going to require many hours anyway. However, I know I do not want to work at a big firm if I am always being pressed to log 60+ hours per week.  How much does the culture of a firm (work environment, requirements/expectations, coworker relationships) differ from firm to firm and is it the culture that can make your job great or terrible?  Please, if anyone has first hand experience, share it.

Job Search / Real deal on law firm life
« on: September 26, 2007, 12:02:12 PM »
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?

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