Just had an interview to be a Lexis sales rep. Base pay (50-60K) + commission. Also sounds like they promote from within. Just wanna know if I can get back into real legal work from it, but probably not.
I'm in a similar situation, and I just interviewed for a JD-required non-lawyer position. Not sure of the pay, but I believe it's in that range. It's led to a war of my two minds:
On one hand, being unemployed is awful, from both a financial and personal standpoint. On top of it, I have my licensing issue (discussed a few pages back). Making decent money at a less stressful job sounds really appealing on some days. This is the voice in my head saying, "It's a down economy. Take the job and be grateful, and don't worry because your job doesn't define you." It's especially convincing on those days where I'm tired of giving my labor away for free.
On the other hand, I've come this far, and I really do like the practice of law. And, for better or worse, I do put a lot of stock in my career. These other jobs can provide stability now, but what's the career outlook? Would I be heading down a path that I will regret in 5 years? This uncertainty sucks, but closing the door on being a lawyer might suck even more. I can't shake the feeling that if I go down that other route, I'll look back at this moment and say, "If only I'd held on a little longer." Maybe we're going to be great lawyers. It would be a shame to come so close and never find out.
It's tough, and I feel for you, man. We're basically deciding whether we're permanently in or out of the traditional legal profession (or that's what it feels like), while balancing debt, uncertainty, depression and general feelings of worthlessness. For me personally, I'm not ready to say that I'm out, even though the Vale is an awful place to be. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best. Feel free to shoot me a PM, too.