« on: August 01, 2008, 02:14:44 PM »
I'm not fully in the same boat as you, as I actually have enjoyed my gig and have learned an awful lot. However, the work morphed from IP research and applying patent principles to performing marketing and social research -- the company is launching a new Web concern, and everything else was put on hold so that all R&D hands could work on it. So I haven't gotten nearly as much legal training as I'd like, and I'll be leaving with little written product that I can actually use as samples (hard when 90% of it is confidential). That's disappointing. BUT 1. You can only push so much and 2. The work is not irrelevant at all (I've been studying the the demographic, linguistic and socioeconomic trends of the BRIC world -- all U.S. lawyers will need to know this stuff in 10 more years, and that puts me ahead of that curve).
Luckily, I'll be doing an externship, taking Evidence in a simulation format (awesome, but brutal) and writing a ton in my Crim Pro class in the fall. Combined with lots of moot court and (hopefully) a research assistantship, I should more than make up for lost time. And I am parting with what could be a long-term relationship with my company. Straight law or no straight law, that's a good chip to have in the post-Bush economy (especially since my boss invented priceline.com and knows as much about 'Net law and the IP process as anyone in the country).
BTW, try not to succumb to negativity ... easy to do in law, I've learned, because the energy patterns can be so chaotic and the people around you can be so obnoxious. I've fallen into that trap intermittenly myself, and I understand your frustration. However, 1. As long as you're learning and moving forward, you're progressing. 2. Very little in life proceeds according to plan. 4. It's up to you to fight to get where you want ... nobody will hand you your opportunities. and 4. the people interviewing you for jobs ostensibly still like what they do, and a bad attitude can work against you.