sebastian0622 wrote:Ok, so you don't want to be a lawyer because they spend too much time in the office. You just realized this, apparently. You instead want a different job that requires less time in the office and less time working overall so that you can "enjoy life." Oh yeah, and you want to...help people and stuff too. You're also in debt and just wasted two years of your life. In other words, what you're looking for is a job where you aren't in an office, don't work a ton of hours, help people in a rewarding "benefit to society" kind of way, and make enough money to pay off your debts. It sounds to me like you should consider a career in the unicorn racing business.
Real life kind of sucks. I don't know what you thought you were getting into, but I don't see a non-law job being the solution to your problems, dawg. Sorry
Cop jobs can be good jobs. I know a few folks who do it and like it. Rewarding, the pay can be good, etc. The hours, on the other hand, suck (especially for rookies) and the pay will never be great. I'm guessing you wouldn't like that job after a while either. To be honest, it just doesn't sound like you want to work.
I don't know where I gave off the impression that I didn't want to work or was trying to find some sort of unicorn-racing dream job. I'm looking for something I can do long term that I won't completely hate. What I think you're saying that I'm looking for is not at all where I'm coming from on this. I've been applying for every random job that I could find under the sun, all over the country, that I'm even remotely qualified for. This is not me being picky. This is me needing and wanting a paycheck first and foremost, and looking for a better long-term option doesn't impair that.
On that note, work I'd prefer to do is a different thing from work that I'd be willing to do, and I don't know why it seems that I need to spell this out. I would think it would be self evident. The point is not for me to suddenly find some random dream job, and I'd obviously be willing to work as a lawyer if that's what's available to me. But: (1) legal jobs are not abundant these days, (2) legal jobs that pay above the salary that one could make with a random BA are less abundant than legal jobs generally, (3) I'd be happier in a non-legal job (bored around lawyers & law students, dislike discussion of legal issues, etc.), and (4) there are some entry-level jobs out there that I qualify for that - barring a significantly unlikely 3L spring midlaw or biglaw hire - would pay significantly more than I'm probably going to be able to make as an entry level lawyer. I don't think that looking for other ideas is a nutty thing to do under these circumstances. Also, just for reference:
Anonymous User wrote:I'm flexible on the type of job I end up with in the short term, but given the market you obviously kind of have to be. Of course, I don't want to be in law for more than a couple years if at all possible.
Anonymous User wrote:Just lookin for ideas. I got a few, been pursuing a bunch of non-legal possibilities in addition to the few legal jobs that seem attainable at the moment. If it wasn't clear, I'm not categorically opposed to any kind of work assuming I can make enough to pay the loans off without being miserable or moving into my parents' basement or something. But I would rather not be a lawyer for very long if I can find opportunities elsewhere. And I don't think that posting a message asking for people's ideas on an internet forum with a ton of other law students on it is too crazy of a thing to do.
So anyway, The entire intent of the thread was to get some ideas for non legal work, nothing more or less than that. I appreciate that some people have made useful contributions, and I'm very sorry if my statements regarding my feelings towards the profession were offensive or gave you the wrong impression about why I posed the question in the first place. *My bad.* But I seriously don't think this is the right career for me at all, and I see no good reason to pretend it is.
One last thing: My "problems" aren't actual "problems" as you term them, and I "enjoy life" just fine. I also don't know why I wouldn't get to "enjoy life" after graduation as you also seem to imply. As much as I might regret going to law school, my situation is frankly not that bad - or really, even a bad situation at all. I get that the intent was to give me shit, which is going to happen on any internet forum, but let's not oversell the point.