By the way, that same poor dude who lowered himself to join the JAG Corps (of any branch) after about 10-12 years or so service:RANK:O-5(Lt. Colonel/Commander) 10-12Base Pay: $81,500BAS/BAH: $30,000 (NON-taxable)tax advantage: $10,000TOTAL COMPENSATION: $122,000/yearjust TERRIBLE!You could then resign your commission, join the Reserve (to keep earning points for retirement), and takethat opportunity to join your hometown firm as a partner.
Hanging your own shingle? Unless you're willing to work harder there than you will in Officer Training School (or Candidate School, depending upon the service), no. If "no" is a bit too brusque (as I've been guilty of), read Lund's first two Jagged Rocks of Wisdom books. Substitute "client" for "partner." If you're still inclined in that direction, that's a good sign.
As to choosing an area of law, not even a 3d-year law student should spend too much time on this. This is hard for pre-law students to fathom, but there are really only two tracks in law school: litigation and transactional . . . and those aren't all that hard-and-fast.I could recommend a book, but that would be a tad self-interested, yes? = : )
So after all this term being a clerk, was it all worth it?I know people gun for those gigs, but I for the life of me can't tell why. Hope you enjoy it and the best, I just wish you better is all.
I'm sorry, I thought you were referring to my "Law Clerk" position at my old job. I didn't mean to belittle my clerkship. Clerkships are among the most competitive jobs in the legal field for a reason. Judicial Clerks have uncanny access to the thought process that judges use. Having that kind of insight is something that can't be taught. This (usually) translates into intreviews and job offers down the road. - LSDSL
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