I can say I would never give up 80k / year... What tier law school will you be attending? Because if it is a tier three two/three/four expect to make between 35,000 to 65,000 starting salary. Perhaps your job is so boring that writing and filing papers all day would be thrilling. Perhaps I am just in the lamest law office known to mankind.
I certainly wish in my sophmore year of college I understood how uncertain the legal profession is. If I had, I never ever would've travelled this path so far (or at least would have aimed far higher than my "anything above 160" motto). Really though, how is one when they are 19 and focused on school expected to research law school so effectively?
I am quite certain I will have researched this field far more than any of my potential class. Though, perhaps not. Perhaps we are all of the mindset "despite all of the statistical evidence combined with anecdotal evidence and news stories, it will work out for me."
I think I now understand what a religous person must feel having realized how false god is. My god happened to be law school.
Does the ABA recieve money from these law schools it unnecessarily opens? Otherwise the over-supply of attorneys seems to be due to incompetence.
Plans for rest of day: continuing to feel sorry for myself.
Yeah you really shouldn't have gone to law school. Are you even in law school yet? If not then just DON'T GO. I don't know why you're being such a defeatist, just man up and choose a different career path.
Oh, and in regards to this post:
"Meeting with client, writing papers, filing papers, writing more papers, filing more papers, filing more papers, looking at papers to be filed, filing more papers, keeping records of the papers filed, filing more papers, writing papers, filing papers, finding more papers to file, talking about filed papers etc."
You could boil down almost any profession in to this sort of pedantic and systematic process. For instance, if you were to be a biologist, I could similarly say "As far as I can tell, all scientists do is: stick liquid in a tube, run tests on it, write reports, run tests, etc." Yes, lawyers talk to clients, file paper, and write papers. But they also (some of them, at least) keep the legal system afloat and are an integral part of a functioning society.
Yes, in the professional world there is a lot of talking to people and writing papers. Perhaps you should go into something more hands-on.