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4/1/13 6:56 PM
7/17/06
Posts: 9922
*raises hand

Free at last, free at last!

This is my month in the law which was a huge mistake for me to get into. Realized it early into school, should have quit then, c'est la vie. Going to take six months to myself to deplete my savings and not sure what's next.

Any former lawyers here that it worked out for? Any currents have good stories of formers? Anything that makes me think it will be ok would be appreciated lol.
4/4/13 9:32 PM
3/12/07
Posts: 8106
All the ex-lawyers I know are ex-lawyers because they were disbarred. So no, I don't have any uplifting stories.

I do know some people who never practiced and used their JD to do other things. Some of them are content with life. Some put themselves in a lot of debt that is still haunting them. One has a pretty succesful consulting firm, but he was a succesful businessman before going to law school.

Another is an MD that went to law school because he had the time and money. (This dude is crazy smart, but reeks of a "he was so normal" serial killer vibe.)

Sorry, this is a pretty negative post.
4/5/13 12:29 PM
7/17/06
Posts: 9934
WikiTheWalrus - All the ex-lawyers I know are ex-lawyers because they were disbarred. So no, I don't have any uplifting stories.

I do know some people who never practiced and used their JD to do other things. Some of them are content with life. Some put themselves in a lot of debt that is still haunting them. One has a pretty succesful consulting firm, but he was a succesful businessman before going to law school.

Another is an MD that went to law school because he had the time and money. (This dude is crazy smart, but reeks of a "he was so normal" serial killer vibe.)

Sorry, this is a pretty negative post.

Nah, it's all helpful. I know two good examples, one became a teacher, one went into the family business, and a few bad examples who are still floating around. I'm considering the family business option. Thankfully I have no debt.

I was just freaking out a bit the other day because that's when I made my decision official.
4/5/13 4:59 PM
4/11/04
Posts: 32205
I know a few - working at nonprofits, doing counseling, starting their own businesses - they seem to be pretty happy.
4/14/13 10:15 PM
11/3/02
Posts: 2186
Ex lawyer here. Too early to tell if I made a good decision. I am still using my degree/experience in my new gig.
4/15/13 9:04 AM
7/17/06
Posts: 9954
salyer36 - Ex lawyer here. Too early to tell if I made a good decision. I am still using my degree/experience in my new gig.

What's the new gig?
4/28/13 2:47 PM
11/12/00
Posts: 24216
I use my JD for business, and enjoy the work/life balance.
5/2/13 1:04 PM
4/30/13
Posts: 6
Former lawyer here. I built up a pretty nice pile of cash flipping real estate over the past few years, realized I was pissing away the majority of my waking hours doing something I did not enjoy, quit my job, and am now trying to figure out a way to use my money to make money rather than having to eventually go back to some kind of conventional job. But I'll literally go live out in the woods before I chain myself to another conventional job again...once you are free, you can never go back. I used to be pissed off 5-6 days a week...never again!

I would never be fortunate enough to be in the position that I'm in right now if it were not for my law degree, but beyond that, law can suck my schweddy balls.
5/3/13 12:20 AM
10/29/12
Posts: 689

i'm getting nervous wit everyone hating being a lawyer haha. i'm a first year law student and everyone seems to hate being a lawyer haha :o

5/3/13 7:03 AM
3/12/07
Posts: 8165
smags - 

i'm getting nervous wit everyone hating being a lawyer haha. i'm a first year law student and everyone seems to hate being a lawyer haha :o


I love my job, most days.

List of the work I've done in order from favorite to least favorite.

1. Teaching. Being a law professor is awesome. There are only two downsides, the politics involved in getting tenure and student drama. Everything else is badass.

2. Legislative work. I love it, but it is really draining.

3. Appellate work. Better than trial, by far.

4. Government counsel. Fun, exciting when you're in the higher levels. Not so fun when you're in the lower ranks.

5. In-house counsel. Boring, most of the time. Sucks when the department isn't untilized properly.

6. Trial work. Clients suck.
5/5/13 7:52 AM
10/29/12
Posts: 690
WikiTheWalrus - 
smags - 

i'm getting nervous wit everyone hating being a lawyer haha. i'm a first year law student and everyone seems to hate being a lawyer haha :o


I love my job, most days.

List of the work I've done in order from favorite to least favorite.

1. Teaching. Being a law professor is awesome. There are only two downsides, the politics involved in getting tenure and student drama. Everything else is badass.

2. Legislative work. I love it, but it is really draining.

3. Appellate work. Better than trial, by far.

4. Government counsel. Fun, exciting when you're in the higher levels. Not so fun when you're in the lower ranks.

5. In-house counsel. Boring, most of the time. Sucks when the department isn't untilized properly.

6. Trial work. Clients suck.

thanks for the info VU, i want to down the path of inhouse counsel, what sort of organisation did you do yours in?

5/5/13 12:01 PM
3/12/07
Posts: 8171
Casino.
7/5/13 9:43 AM
10/9/04
Posts: 1269
I love my job. I am a terrible employee and was fired from practically every job I've had in my life - so what better way to be self-employed than to be a lawyer. Now, with 7 employees and associates, I am actually a pretty good boss.
7/14/13 10:26 PM
11/3/02
Posts: 2232
I miss practicing.
10/4/13 7:08 PM
4/30/03
Posts: 6361

My buddy worked for BigLaw and quit to join his brother's construction company.  He is much happier.

 

 

10/5/13 5:57 PM
3/12/07
Posts: 8196
The Big Law lifestyle is pretty difficult to get used to, but I enjoy certain aspects of it. Client development is probably the best part (for me), but all of the travelling, 20+ hour days, and constant focus on billing gets old quickly.