A. Nony Mouse wrote:(The job also entails a shitload of administrative crap, and there are absolutely no boundaries between work/life - when you can work anywhere, you work everywhere, if that makes any sense; you never leave work at work. But I recognize the latter's nothing like biglaw. It's just a downer compared to many normal, non-biglaw jobs.)
Every job involves a ton of administrative crap (EDIT: in fact, some jobs, including arguably junior associate work in certain groups, are by definition administrative crap). And law professors aren't in a normal job- they're paid much more than the average lawyer and even more than many biglaw associates when you factor in benefits and bonuses. I don't know any salaried employee making a lot of money who doesn't take work home. The benefit of being a law professor is that you have control over what that work is, no deadlines (except for those set by 3L law review editors) and almost complete job security.
In other words, it's definitely tops of the upper-middle-class professional jobs, and it's much better than being a run of the mill lawyer (although I'll grant that the personality types are different).