Aasterinian wrote:Samara wrote:What kind of PI work do you want to do and where do you want to do it? If you want to work in Chicago, NU at nearly any cost-advantage is the best choice for every career but academia, IMO.
Also, clerking is not a career, so I don't think that should really be part of the equation. Why do you want to clerk? It doesn't sound particularly relevant to your employment goals.
Ideally I'd like to stay in the Midwest (Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, etc), but I could be happy almost anywhere as long as the COL is reasonable.
I mentioned clerkships because I've heard that they can open great doors to government/PI jobs. But I also realize that my specific career goals are likely to change somewhat between now and 2L/3L, so you might be right. The one thing I know for sure is that I don't want a career where I'm required to work ultra-boring, 70+hr/weeks for months on end. I'm not categorically opposed to working in biglaw/midlaw, but I don't want to take on so much debt that I'm forced to stick it out at a firm even if I end up hating the work or the lifestyle.
Honestly, I don't think "ultra-boring" is a fair description of work at a large firm, at least relative to any other kind of legal work. Yes, the hours suck, and sometimes your clients are not the most humane, but the work can still be interesting. If you don't like analyzing/debating/utilizing the law, don't go to law school, but if you do, then the work could still be enjoyable at times, and even on those rare occasions where you contribute something towards a positive outcome, rewarding.
As someone who has worked in several different fields, none of which the average person would describe as particularly "boring", I'll just say that work is work, for 95% of the population, it blows everywhere and there are ALWAYS boring moments. That's part of what you're getting paid for. Is public interest law intrinsically more interesting (read: less ultra-boring) than the work you might do at a large firm? I can't tell you, but I wouldn't jump to that conclusion. Any litigation (to me) can be interesting - boring legal work, on the other hand, would be filing divorces, writing wills, ect., stuff where all you are needed for is your signature.