I am convinced the reason why so many lawyers are so miserable is because they don't REALLY know what they're getting into. Whoever mentioned people should do some kind of legal work first, I completely agree with that. When faced with the reality of what law firm life is really like, many people would probably decide not to go. Many people (like myself) may be reassured that it is something they want to do.
The smartest person in my law school class, bar none, dropped out in September or October of our 2L year. He was so happy about it. He snuck into my car and left business cards all over, in the sun visor and the ashtray and the glove compartment and squeezed between the pages of my textbooks, with little messages on the back, saying things like, "Who's still in law school -- CHUMP?" I don't think he had any regrets. And he could have been a great lawyer. He was an accountant, with training in and an instinct for business valuation. He worked at that job way more than the officially permitted 20 hours a week while in school. He had one of the nimblest, most playful minds I've seen. In our moot court exercise I watched, amazed, as he handled the judges' questions, cool as a cucumber. He left because his fiance's father was dying, and his sister had just had a baby born without a small intestine, and he wanted to give them his time, his money, and his attention. And because he didn't care that much about being a lawyer, and thought the indulgence of a legal education wasn't the best use of time or money. And because he wasn't trying to prove anything with law school. If he was at the outset, he'd abandoned those pretenses by second year. I was pulling up to the school, stopped at a red light across the street, on the day he dropped out. I watched him coming out of the building. He was wearing a suit, as he often did because of his accounting clients. He hadn't told me that he was dropping out, or even that he was thinking about it, but somehow by the way he walked and held his head I knew he had turned in the paperwork, and that he wasn't coming back. I wished for the light to change so I could catch him, but it didn't, and I watched him get into his car and drive away, leaving the law school behind.He's a teacher now, and from my spies in the middle school I understand he's a very good one. We, in my law school class, were poorer for his absence. I missed him for a long time; I still miss him sometimes. I've never had another intellectual playmate who had quite the same clever, playful mind. But I think he did the right thing. I thought that then, watching him walking across the lawn to his car. Sometimes you can tell by the way someone carries themselves that they have utter faith in a decision. I'm not saying it's right for you. But if you know your priorities, and you ask yourself why think you should leave, and why you think you should stay, I think you'll make a good decision. Good luck.
heya burning sandsi feel as if maybe my educational "career" is at least ostensibly following in teh footsteps of your own in the sense that 1) i'm currently in the midst of a judicial externship [which I enjoy as the judge is very, very bright and yet amusing, educational, etc. - and he has absolutely no problem giving me responsibility which I'm definitely not qualified to handle (i.e. writing his ruling minute entry orders on summary judgment and now even writing one of his opinions) - which makes it fun], and 2) in August the fall interview program will begin and I will try my best to land one of these summer associate jobs with a large to mid-sized firm in either DC, NYC, or SF.You mention that you don't really enjoy the internship with the firm (i'm assuming that this is a SA position) - why not? Compared to your externship experience, what is it that you dislike about the firm position? just curious...
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Quote from: Budlaw on June 13, 2006, 03:49:47 PM[...] I've been in the Marines, I've worked Construction, and I've worked as a legal assistant at a law firm. I actually like getting up and going to lawschool, [...] So basically you're a blue collar guy trying to become a white collar one?