« on: October 06, 2006, 02:05:47 PM »
I think the whole "most lawyers are unhappy" is a class LSAT-style causal reasoning fallacy. It seems to me (from reading this board and other interactions) that a large portion of people that go into law school in the first place are classic overachievers. While being an overachiever can make you very successful, it usually comes with a psychological cornucopia that includes low self esteem, workaholism, type-A style stress, and a constant need to "be the best." For many, I think the unhappiness was inevitable due to internal psychological factors- becoming a lawyer and trying to make the big bucks was an effect, not the cause, of this factors.
I, for one, am not in this for the money. I know full well that I'm going to go into a pretty decent debt load and come out the other side probably making less than I do now. For that, I could care less. If I'm making less money, driving a little less car and can find work in law that I enjoy, I'll take it!