thesealocust wrote:4 years is a little aggressive, especially considering the compounding that will happen as you try to pay it down. It would also imply that your money is basically going towards rent, food, transportation, and loans - you'll want to build a cushion given how unstable of a job biglaw can be, and cushion dollars won't be debt paying dollars.
Not to say it's impossible though, especially because by that 3rd year of biglaw you'll be earning a lot more than in the first year, and have had a few end of year bonuses that add up even if we aren't in boom-times any more.
In general though, it's completely feasible to work in biglaw and wind up with $50-60K per year to throw into investments or debt. More if you want to get crazy frugal about it.
And never forget how much money you save on food and transportation if you work late and get firm dinner / a car home ;_;
is it cool if I PM you? you have knowledge that is useful to me, and seem very normal and practical from other posts?