This thread is a great example of why law students (and most lawyers) are so terrible to be around in real life. Everyone just fucking complains all the time (yes, I see the irony in that statement). Why is everyone so unhappy? if you don't like it, go do something else, especially if you're still in school.
I personally have loved law school and the legal internships I've had, I can honestly say it has been the best thing to happen in my life. I would do it 10/10 times if put in the same position, and I started at one of the worst law schools in the country. I worked a lot of jobs before coming to law school, despite being a K-JD, and the main reason I wanted to do law was because I wanted to get paid to use my brain, not my body. No matter what type of law, even "shit law" which only exists on TLS, is better than busting your ass doing manual labor all day. On top of that, firms pay you an outrageous salary and give you all kinds of freedom. You have to bills a lot of hours, which requires you being at the office a lot. However, you can bill those hours whichever way you want. If you like getting up early, you can work 6-5, or if you have more of a typical schedule (for working people), you can work 9-7/8, OR you can work NYC hours and show up at 10am and work till 10pm. That is the great thing about law, you have complete control over your schedule, nobody cares when you work, only that you bill the hours. You have your own fancy office and secretary as a first year, along with tons of resources and benefits to help you get your work done. If you want to dip out for a couple hours in the afternoon, nobody is going to stop you, you just have to make up that time later.
People really don't understand the luxury of being able to adjust your work schedule to how you best perform. The counter argument is the sheer amount of work you need to do, which is a legit concern. But, if you are a 25-30 year old looking at making 6 figures and the only catch is you need to work hard and long hours, you're an asshole if you complain about it. Maybe I come from a blue collar / low class background but a lot of my friends would literally cut off a limb to be in a position to work 80 hours and pull down 3k/week. Hell, if I wasn't doing legal work but could work those hours for the same pay doing manual labor, I'd take it no questions asked.
Also, I know TLS won't agree with this, but it isn't that hard to get a firm job. If I could do it, literally anybody can. If you are smart enough to get into a t1 school out of college (which I wasn't even close to), the only thing holding you back is how hard you work. I expect to catch flack for that statement but there is no way you can convince me otherwise. If you are smart enough to get into a school, you're smart enough to be #1 in the class, so go do it. On top of that, if you have any sort of personality, you will stand out interviewing (still need the grades though).
"Everyone is smart and works hard" - worker harder and compete. Law school requires a bare minimum level of intelligence to succeed, after that it is on how hard/smart you work. If you are below median, it is your own fault, not the system or anything else, you simply didn't want it bad enough to make the necessary sacrifices. It is 1 year of your life that matters for getting a firm job, suck it up and make it happen. If you want to do something, you need to commit to it, for real, not just long hours but also going to office hours, preparing for class, making your own outlines, taking practice tests, finding a good study group, etc. The sentiment doesn't resonate as well on the internet as in real life, but if you really truly want to do something, then don't take no for an answer and go do it. Losers make excuses and complain on the internet, winners go home and fuck the prom queen.