r6_philly wrote: johnnyutah wrote:
I'm turning 30 in two years, and honestly, I'm just looking forward to finally making over 20k in a year and not stressing constantly about paying rent. It definitely sucks that I can't even be thinking about kids right now, but I think I'd be very happy with a 40k job provided that the work was fun and took me to court a lot. I could give a shit about upgrading from my '96 Honda Accord as long as I have enough money for rent, insurance, gym membership and some of my random hobbies. The way I look at it is that just about everyone works hard, and lots of people bust their ass and still have nothing, so I gotta count my blessings to just have a way get by.
Long story short - bring on the doc review if I can't find nothing else, I'm not scared
That's a good attitude, but you really have to prepare for the future. You don't think about family right now, but what if you meet the right person, whenever that happens would you be ready? What about retirement?
It hit me when I turned 30, that's when I decided to go back to school and try to upgrade my future. Living contracts to contracts was just not as cool when you have kids and family. And your spouse may want to live a $200k lifestyle since she knows you are capable
Hah, yeah, I hear you on that. I'm very confident in my ability to do kick ass legal work, so I think that as long as I land a job that lets me litigate, I'll be able to build my resume and progressively improve my job prospects. I've got no objection to working ridiculous hours as a public defender or small shop personal injury litigator, and I think that even if I wind up in doc review I can find ways to build my resume as a litigator and/or trial attorney so as to get one of those jobs (for example, doing side work as a court appointed attorney representing parents in dependency cases).
Ten years down the line, I'm hoping to start my own practice. I've spoken to several solo practitioners as part of my networking efforts, and they almost universally say that it affords them a great life and a great scope to pursue the kinds of work they want to be doing. Ideally I'll eventually build a client base that lets me earn enough for retirement, medical bills as I age, etc. etc.
Wow, I've really derailed this thread talking about my personal life goals