Take this from someone who worked as a paralegal the past 3 years at the DA's and private. You will not maake the big bucks or good bucks and work 9-5. you will have more stress working for less money. The lastt post was on point with 50 being the norm for hours especially if you work in NY. I think about this all the time because I want a family but working less is not part of the greater picture if you want to make a name for yourself. I could be wrong but this is what my lawyer friends have told me better to saacrifice in the begining then to struggle when you are older.
TALKING WITH A FELLOW 1L I LEARNED THAT TO EARN THE BIG BUCKS YOU HAVE TO WORK FOR A FIRM AND PUT IN AT LEAST 10 HOURS A DAY AND THAT ANY JOB THAT REQUIRES A REGULAR 40 HOUR WORKWEEK WON'T PAY MORE THAN AROUND $40,000-50,000ALBEIT WAY PREMATURE, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN A WELL-PAYING JOB (AT LEAST $70,000) AND NOT HAVING TO WORK MORE THAN 8 TO 10 HOURS A DAY. I HEAR THAT JUDICIAL CLERKS/STAFF ATTORNEYS ARE GOOD CAREER STARTER JOBS THAT ARE NOT AS TIME- :-\DEMANDING AS LAW FIRMS, BUT OF COURSE DON'T PAY NEARLY AS WELL.CAN ANYWAY TALK ABOUT HOW A PERSON CAN EARN A GOOD LIVING AND STILL BE HOME NO LATER THAN 7P? OR IS THAT TOO UNREALISTIC IN THE EARLY STAGES OF A LAW CAREER?