I think my interests lie more in the Financial Sector rather than the law itself. To me financial regulation seems to get close to what truly motivates me. Ive seen the destruction it causes to have companies skirt their investments around regulations designed to protect people. I was wondering if getting a JD with a Master's in Finance would be something more beneficial in terms of the kind of jobs I got. Ive been considering getting a Masters In Finance for some time now and I was wondering that if getting a JD degree would be worth the cost?I could see myself working in a Financial firm for long hours but not working long hours deciphering the law for a living. Perhaps I could get a JD and a Masters In Finance and use that to try and gain an entry level position in a Wall street Firm. I think that having a JD would make my prospects of promotion a lot better. But I'm not sure if its worth the cost.
I think bankofmouse may be on the right track, but you have to be careful about assumptions relating to JAG.It's extremely competitive. The same goes for DA's offices. People think that you can just "get in" to JAG, but the process is long and drawn out, and they go after very qualified applicants. The vast majority of applicants are rejected.
Quote from: harkkam on September 17, 2010, 07:28:51 AMI want to work 9-5 Seconding the prior poster - the legal profession generally does not operate on a 9-5 schedule. There are exceptions, but that is what they are: exceptions. Whether in private practice, government employ, or academia, most any legal job will have inconsistent hours. You may not be doing 80-hour weeks, but even if you average 40 hours a week or less, those hours are unlikely to come in even daily chunks.I have spent many a late night working with federal employees, including government lawyers.
I want to work 9-5
A smaller firm and especially having your own firm eventually is the best way to go to have a 9-5 schedule. I know some attorneys that yeah, they do work a lot during trial time, but a lot of the year they go golfing half the day or take two hour lunches working 8 to 4. These are lawyers who are self-employed. It depends.