I'm a prosecutor and don't think of myself as poor. I feel rich. I have beer in the fridge, my rent is paid, my bills are paid, I drive a decent car (Toyota Camry) and I have discretionary money left over for vacations, big screen TVs, etc. I grew up poor, so maybe its different for me.
Not trying to get on a high horse or be sanctimonious here, but chasing money won't get you anywhere. I think that is where we lawyers get our rep for being depressed and hating our jobs - we chase money and prestige over happiness. Keep it simple, pick work you like to do, and do it.
The problem is that you don't gain this perspective until you get out into the REAL WORLD and work a real job and see your friends who have shitty jobs that they HAAAAATTTTEEE.
Life is a lot easier when you know that you can leave at 5:00 - 5:30 and don't have to come in on the weekends.
In fact, I LAUGH at my coworkers who have their work e-mail pushed to their personal phones. Fuck that! When I'm off, then I.AM.OFF.
Don't call me unless it is an emergency,
even then, don't call me unless the office is on fire.