beachbum wrote:Right, but that's my point. You're saying that biglaw is shitty (because of hours/demands), and that going to school for free will allow you the luxury of not having to go the biglaw route. But for those who don't want gov/PI, or who want to practice in corporate law or business litigation or some other area commonly associated with biglaw, there isn't really a good alternative to biglaw.
number of lawyers do not work in large law firms. There are tons of jobs out there that you could do instead of biglaw... small/midsize firm, AG's office, prosecution, in-house counsel if you get extremely lucky, PI, plaintiff's firms, etc. I've found that the most truly enthusiastic lawyers I've met work at smaller firms and civil government offices (attorney general and city attorney's offices), with tons more control over their workloads and even hours.
Are these jobs difficult to get? Yes. Are there some really shitty small firm gigs out there? Yes (think the hours and stress of biglaw with crappy pay). But come on, good non-biglaw jobs exist in pretty healthy numbers. I know TLS is pretty biglaw oriented, but throwing our hands up and pretending that big law is all that's out there is just silly. Of course, these kinds of jobs are going to be lower pay than biglaw (maybe 40-60k), but 1) you have the luxury of making this choice because of having no debt, which is the point SBL and I are making, and 2) the pay for some small firms can jump up quite a bit two to three years in.