At least you are making money and it could be worse. I noticed you passed up the family law attorney position and I was curious if lawyers who have been working for awhile think that is a wise move in general. Is it better to wait until something opens up in an area you would really like to work or is it better to just get some type of experience as an attorney? As an example if someone really wanted to be in real estate, but can't find anything would it be wise to work as a District Attorney and get unrelated litigation experience. Or would it better to wait until you found a real estate position?
For those of you in the Silver Spoon crowd who look down your noses on JAG (military service) as a fallback: "Oh my GOD!"Here are the approximate numbers:O-2 (beginning rank for those with only a J.D. and bar passage)/under 2 years serviceBase Pay: $43,300 (taxable)BAS/BAH allowances: $ 20,000 (approximate)PLUS cost of living adjustments up to 25%with tax advantage: $70,000/yearWhy THAT is terrible! Better to sit home and whine on the internet about being unemployed....watching the ticker on thatlaw school debt.FYI, when I retired (after starting as a dirty, uneducated ENLISTED man) my final compensation:Warrant Officer (CWO4) with 22 YRS service:Base Pay: $76,000BAS/BAH: $25,000with tax advantage: $109,000/yearNow I have to make due with making only $35K or so in annual retirement pay (which started at age 42).Oh yeah...forgot about that fully paid BA degree, along with fully paid 1L with $18,000 stipend.Life is UNBEARABLE!
You would have to be beyond retarded to go into the military as an E-4 with the level of education a law school grad has.
For those of you in the Silver Spoon crowd who look down your noses on JAG (military service) as a fallback: "Oh my GOD!"
I don't think going the officer route has as much to do with an "ego stroke" as it does with the fact that a 1st Lt. makes more in their first year than an E-4 makes after 30 years in service, and almost double what an E-4 makes in their first year. Big deal if they don't pay off as much of your debt, you'll make so much more money as an officer it won't be a problem to pay the difference. And if you join the military, I'm fairly certain you can get in on a federal loan forgiveness program. Not to mention the quality of life differences between officers and enlisted.
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