Monochromatic Oeuvre wrote:Oh, and as was mentioned above, saying you want to leave a job that you find mind-numbing/soul-sucking to go into Biglaw is a bit like saying "I feel very cold, so to warm up I'd like to light myself on fire."
And yet, you and I both have chosen this path. If we strictly wanted to make a lot of money, we would be investment bankers -- although those jobs dried up just as quickly after 2008, even if they have rebounded faster. Don't forget that WE are entering into this profession and we each have our reasons for doing so.
Some people hate law school, some love it. Some hate college, others love it, some hate shellfish, others love it, ect. I'm sorry for those who have had a shit experience, or witnessed the shit experiences of others - among my friends and acquaintances at top law schools, I can say that those who hated law school had reasons to do so beyond the erudition, the curve, or the corruption of the establishment; they were intellectually self-indulgent and stunk of special snowflake. Others have liked it, and more importantly, love the legal work they are doing post-grad. Call it mindless, but the reality is while both corporate and public interest-related work have their dryness and their tedium, there is interesting material to be found in transaction and litigation. And as others have brought up, on a comparative basis? All entry level work blows shit. Most people who have entered the job market (except for super engaged software engineers and start-up people) at a starting capacity have experienced this same "mindlessness". Of course law school is a horrible way to escape frustrations on that level, but to damn the entire industry as morbidly dull remains an exaggeration.
And FWIW I agree with much of what UVAIce is saying here (except I love Arianna & the post). It's not as though work abounds outside of law. Now as for the continuation of this debate regarding legal job prospects and the failure/nature of legal education vis a vis anything else: