Magnificent wrote:Kronk wrote:Honest question, is there anyone in this thread, student loans aside, that would RATHER make 160k-250k than work 70 hour, inconsistent weeks and put in work time on vacation than work 40 hour weeks, never work on weekends or vacation, and make 60k-100k?
Genuinely curious. Probably depends a bit on if you're living with ridiculous COL like in NYC or SF as opposed to near anywhere else. But I'm actually curious.
No wonder you lot are miserable on this site. I think this type of question separates those who succeed in law school from those who don't.
Did most people really choose this profession largely to make money? I just don't get it. I had concrete plans for wanting to become a lawyer and its what goals I want to accomplish that will determine whether I want the 160k job working 70 hrs vs. the 60k job working 40 hours. To me salary isn't as important as the quality of the work and what it entails for my future goals. In most cases if you are working 70 hrs a week then those are more likely to be important jobs than working just 40 hours a week in leisure.
Those who succeed in law school such as myself were probably always internally motivated to succeed and didn't look at a life of leisure as the end goal. People who succeed are motivated by greatness and being exceptional, not by eventually getting some low stress high paying job that they can slack off on the rest of their lives. No one who goes to a top law school and finishes top of their class is fazed by more hard work to continue to succeed at the top of the legal profession.
You guys need to wake up and realize that your in the wrong profession if you are whining about the workload for making 160k.
while you make a very valid point, your priorities can change as you get older. instead of putting all your energies into your personal development and career, maybe you find you would rather put them into building a family. its not that all of a sudden we all become lazy after being gunner over-achievers our whole lives, its just our priorities change. maybe we think being exceptional means spending more time with kids/family, building and keeping relationships with friends, volunteering in our community. not everyone defines 'being exceptional' as spending all night structuring some deal in order to save some fortune500 CEO millions of dollars and add to his fat bonus, or worse filling out over 300 signature pages for every single subsidiary involved in some merger.