Best practice area for work/life balance

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Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:08 pm

I know there's tax. And it depends on firm and the market... but other than tax, what practice areas seem to offer the best work life balance down the road? I think this is something I should be thinking about now rather than later, and I thought a message board might elicit more honest replies than the recruitment process!

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby paratactical » Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:14 pm

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby BeautifulSW » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:22 pm

If work life balance is really, really important to you, more important than making six figures out of the box (or maybe ever), look into doing administrative law for a state or local government entity. Unless you join the local Public Defender, you will work essentially forty hours a week and have weekends and holidays off. Even the PD won't work you much harder than that.

But starting salaries run as low as the mid-$40s so be aware that a decent family life comes at a price.

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:27 pm

What about if we change the question to "better"... corporate versus litigation even? Or within there? are there other specialized groups like tax that are worth considering?

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby 270910 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:29 pm

Not NYC would help. Speaking of which, NYC deal oriented tax is likely as brutal as other practices.

Trusts and estates is a tiny but likely very life styly choice.

In general large law firms are not life style choices. The key is you become a highly paid service provider, and a lot of the value that you and your firm add comes from being available at the drop of a hat.

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:30 pm

disco_barred wrote:Not NYC would help.

Well, fuck.

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby paratactical » Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:31 pm

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby wiseowl » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:30 pm

Patent prosecution somewhere other than NY

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby Zugzwang » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:33 pm

wiseowl wrote:Patent prosecution somewhere other than NY

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Re: Best practice area for work/life balance

Postby edcrane » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:21 pm

Employee benefits is probably better than tax with respect to quality of life. This is especially true if you can get away from deal-related EB work.




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