I like how people are so willing to act like nobody goes into law for the money... or that money isn't a major motivating factor for pretty much everybody who posts here.
Quote from: ISUCKATTHIS on April 08, 2009, 09:47:44 PMI like how people are so willing to act like nobody goes into law for the money... or that money isn't a major motivating factor for pretty much everybody who posts here. Personally, I went into it for the money. If making 160k in my mid-20s was not a possibility then I would not have gone to law school. Hate on me if u want.
In re: the money question, my plan is to get a job at the DOJ or as a prosecutor for 60k per year. Not terrible income, but I could certainly do better in another field. Why do I want to do that? Because the practice of law itself appeals to me in a way that other jobs simply do not, and I want the better living conditions of a government job vs. a firm job.
I just don't get all this preachiness regarding going into law for the money. We're not talking about a career in social work or becoming a volunteer firemen. We're all here because we want to become lawyers. Most of us decided we wanted to become lawyers before we'd ever read a statute or a supreme court opinion. If anything, my work as a patent agent has given me more hands-on exposure to "the law" than the vast majority of moralists here touting their own altruism. And I still say money is the most important factor for me.