frijoles99 wrote:Ok so given, you can work 100+ hours a week in a warzone.
Secondly, from what I understand when you are working those 70-80 hour weeks at Kirkland Ellis or equivalent you aren't exactly chilling. It's intense tough stuff. And thank you to the paralegal who put it in perspective, that maybe you can get so engrossed into it that you don't recognize the time commitment.
However, I want to have somewhat of a work-life balance and don't want to spend 13 hours a day at work every single day for 5+ years. The purpose of this was to ask. Do you think this is worth it or do you have a specific reason why this is ok or what path are you taking to avoid this sort of situation. Do you think you'll get top 30% at law school land the Big Law Job and be super happy working 70-80 hours a week for 5+ years getting paid 200k?
A lot of people see biglaw as a means to an end, not an end in itself. Few people are attracted to the hours and the work. People like how the pay is consistent and steadily increases each year and the exit opportunities BigLaw affords.
Personally, I doubt I'll take part in the BigLaw ratrace and will probably use my legal education to increase my earning potential in my existing profession. I'm also fairly confident that skills and knowledge I will gain in law school, as well as the powers I'll have as a licensed attorney, will be valuable throughout my career, no matter what direction it ultimately takes.