Objection wrote: v20lawyer wrote: Objection wrote:
wiseowl wrote:Seriously Objection, wtf happened to you? You went from a pretty chill, fun, knowledgable person in the bar study thread last summer to an ugly, bitter misanthrope. It ain't flattering.
Just being honest about big law.
Hard to do that without sounding bitter.
Wait.. so you just took the bar this past summer and worked in biglaw for what, a few months at most? And I thought this couldn't get more ridiculous...
Would you trust someone who escaped kidnapping after "a few months," or someone suffering from Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to the realities of what being kidnapped is like?
"Happiness as a big law associate is just another form of Stockholm Syndrome." -- A wise man (probably an ATL commenter though).
I've been lurking for a while but this dude is just too much at this point.
You worked in big law for 6 months, calm down.
My pops worked an 8/hr job standing all day while providing for a family of 4 in a high COL city. To make ends meet, he would have periods where his dreams would come true and work was busy enough that he would pull 8am-9pm days during the week and hop on for an extra 8 hour shift from 8am-4pm on Saturdays. That's over 70 hours a week, with only the hours after 4pm and Saturdays counting for overtime (time and a half). This brought him home 600$ in a weekly paycheck after taxes (...lmao). Sure, these were only periods at a time, but no different than periods at a time of such hours (if not a bit worse) in big law. Guess what the difference is?
Not trying to create some sob story here but I'm just illustrating the realities of life for those who are not nearly as fortunate as a vast majority of people who are born even into "middle" class. For you, working these hours may really hurt your chances to watch Super Bowl Sunday but you're getting 3K/week to put up with the hassle, as much of a drain as it is. Think about my example, and how you think big law is just so soul-crushing.
I see this type of attitude and I laugh, I really do. Time is important, of course big law will create problems for people trying to maintain a life outside of it. However, you're completely missing the point here. There is no other job where you come out of school making that much money, it's unreal. And there's plenty of jobs around that put in similar hours for half the pay (and as my example illustrates, well...chinese sweatshop labor for minimum wage). People do what they have to do to get by, and you're complaining about how you spent 6 months in big law raking in 3K/week and worked a lot of hours?
By the way, the first few months in big law aren't even that busy, you're getting settled in and you have to find your way before the onslaught starts a bit later. Did you even experience very many work weeks with such high hours in your extremely limited amount of time working there? Your entitled attitude is laughable, bet you were raised middle-upper class or you bought into too many TV commercials.
How you cope with big law will clearly be based on your prior experiences in life and the way you were raised. You wonder why some big firms don't like to hire rich kids from HYS, it's quite simple. They've been living life with a golden spoon and walk around the office like the firm should be honored to have them there. Eventually, they fizzle out and leave because they actually have to work hard. Objection shows a similar attitude, buddy, go work construction for 12 hours in 100 degree heat doing rooftops outside for 6 days a week and let me know how happy you are for your 12/hr cash wages (at least there's no taxes!).
You're severely over-estimating how bad big law is in comparison to the potential lifestyles people live in other professions, or in manual labor. Except, big law pays you out the ass for it. Entitled individuals like Objection can never understand this because they've been brought up thinking life is rosy and everybody should have a quality of life they desire while still raking in the big bucks. That's the American Dream!