Mroberts3 wrote:A'nold wrote:Here's the thing. You could be working 30 hours a week in a "punch the timecard" kind of job and hate every minute of what you do. I worked as a low-level accountant, 40 hours a week and I looked at the clock hundreds of times a day. I hated every second being there. Middle management is the worst thing I've ever experienced in the real world. Have you ever been called into the boss' office to be yelled at for not stapling your invoices correctly? I have.
I would rather work 50 hours a week at a job where the time absolutely flies by and I feel like I'm doing something important than just being another corporate cog. It is the worst. I always thought I could just put in the hours and then enjoy my "free time." Not so. These horrible jobs permeated my entire life. All I could think about starting at 5:01 on Friday was that I would have to come back to the office at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, and then work till Friday. I felt like I was emotionally and intellectually dead.
Conclusion: I went to law school to do something I thought I would enjoy. So far, I am very happy with my decision.
Not surprising to me at all that A'nold has the best post in this thread.
Ignoring the specifics of exactly how much one works in what job, the problem with most of the posts here is that they talk about a job as a fungible asset. I've worked jobs where I looked at the clock all day and jobs where the time flew by -- A'nold is exactly right here because it makes a huge difference in your overall happiness.
OP, the point is that you should NOT avoid going to law school and take a shitty 9-5 job just because "the opportunity cost of law school is too high! -- you could make the same amount right now!" (Imagine me saying that in a whiny wannabe econ major voice). If you think you would enjoy being a lawyer, then go to law school. You can find jobs where you work mostly 9-5 and make a decent salary (especially since loans are not an issue).
Its true that people who are really engaged in their jobs often choose to work longer hours, but there is no logical reason why someone can't enjoy their 9-5 job and leave work at work.
To reiterate: anyone who starts blabbing about not going to law school because other jobs pay the same without the 3 years of education should be ignored (unless there are serious concerns about loan repayment). These people have clearly not worked in jobs they hated for an extended period of time.
This is actually one of the reasons that you can usually see me arguing with people about how 60k a year is not a bad salary. The majority of posters on here have never had meaningful post-grad work experience.