Desert Fox wrote:But there is also shit like being a public defender. Which is long hours, and grueling, unsatisfying work.
FWIW, I know a lot of public defenders who love their work.
TemporarySaint wrote:Do you have any practical experience in PI or is this 0L musing?
A mix of both, I guess. I currently work at a public interest legal nonprofit, and I work with public interest attorneys from a variety of organizations on a regular basis. So I know the jobs exist, and I know for starting attorneys (though we hire basically never) the salary is about $75k. I know PI jobs don't all suck, and I know they vary widely in quality and in kind. The stuff about getting hired was a mix of common sense and wisdom passed on from elder law students, and I work with recent Penn grads so I know it's possible.
Just to clarify some things, I'll invent a taxonomy of PI work:
-Government (agencies - rule making, regulatory enforcement, etc.)
-Policy advocacy & analysis
-"International Human Rights"
-Private plaintiff-side firms
Basically, talking within those categories would elicit more practical responses re: salary, job market, interest of work, etc.