lolokay1 wrote:1) No, but 50-60 hours is crap when your friends who are not more competent, intelligent, or experienced are working the same-ish hours but are making at least 20-30k more in total compensation in a similar field. I have nothing against working 50-60 hours a week. Hell, I'm positive I could stomach 60-80 for a short stretch if it was part of a "greater plan." The biggest problem I have right now is that I feel under-compensated the time and effort I have to spend working.
Translation: "I want to go to law school because I'm jealous of people who make more money."
What you need is an attitude adjustment, not a change of career. Given the abysmal economic situation we've just gone through, being able to earn $60K/yr is a great opportunity and one which you're basically willing to throw away because, as far as I can tell, it's not satisfying enough
If you feel under-compensated, spend some time reading these boards. Read the stories about people who graduated from T14s with at least decent grades who can't find a job that pays what you make now. Read about people who actually do
want to be lawyers, who know they want it more than you seem to, who get utterly crushed by the tight job market. If you actually spend a few weeks/months paying attention to what's happening in the world around you, you'll start appreciating your current job a lot more.
lolokay1 wrote:2) Apologies if I sound like I'm complaining. I know I am very fortunate to have a job with very sound pay compared to the average college graduate these days. But I'm not okay with the potential of leaving money on the table if I could do better.
The problem is that you're basically gambling at this point. If you really like the idea of high-stakes gambling, learn poker. But in what setting would you objectively
counsel someone else to give up a stable $60K/yr income and
pay $100K and three years of their life for a coin flip
3) Isn't the best scenario that 10, 15 years down the road working at the large corporation, one could be making much more than 250k?[/quote]
What you should be asking isn't what the best
possible outcome is, it's what the most likely
outcome is. Yes, this could happen. The best scenario from buying a lottery ticket is winning the lottery, so why not spend all of your current money on that instead? You'll have instant millions! That's the best scenario, right?
Getting an in-house position that pays this well basically requires 1) doing well enough at your law school and during interviews to get BigLaw, 2) to survive BigLaw long enough to lateral to in-house, 3) to make connections while in BigLaw to a corporation you'd like to work at and
that has openings, and 4) win out over all the other people who want the same sweet job you do. How sure are you that you can do all
of those things?
This is more like betting on several coin flips in a row, knowing you'll win only if they all come up heads. The odds of success are much poorer than you think, which would make throwing away your current good fortune all the more foolish.