Do you think that anyone in law school is condemned to some degree of spiritual alienation? More generally, I'd be interested in hearing of your law school experience in this context, as well your experience in your present job. Are/were you unhappy?
Do/did you feel that you've made the wrong decision?
What is/was your daily experience like?
Do/did you have time for relationships and engagement with things you're passionate about?
Do/did you feel that the study and practice of law may have sapped your capacity for joy?
I think its different for everyone, but in general I'd say happiness does die in law school.There's a ton of reading and homework. And if you don't stay on top if it, then exams become double stressful. And your grades even more so. And no one is outwardly competitive, but a river of implied competition runs through most of the student body.If you can study intensively while maintaining your happiness, and if low grades won't stress you out much (since half of the class will be "below average") then I say go for it. I'm having a good time but the stress is very real.
I like school better than working, but then again I am a generally lazy person. I do what I need to get by. Most nights I have good intentions of working, but I wind up doing nothing and vegging out with the SO instead. I watch a lot of movies, go out a lot, and I have plenty of time. The only time period that was really bad was the beginning of 2L fall (with interviewing/flybacks, journal, classes) and right before something was due.