Anonymous User wrote:dixiecupdrinking wrote:Yes, if you hate big law and it is unrelated to your ultimate career goals, it's not shortsighted to choose not to work yourself to the bone for some extra cash. Jesus.
All the people I know who are in public interest or government jobs are leaps and bounds happier than all the people I know in biglaw. They do PSLF and won't buy a house anytime soon. That doesn't make it "shortsighted" of them to prioritize their satisfaction over money.
Thats how I'm treating it. And its why I'm likely making a transition from biglaw into public interest (I have some connections in one area that can hopefully help me secure a job). Even after 1.5 years, I just don't care about the money anymore. I don't care about getting a flashy car, big house, or anything like that anymore. I want to see my wife, experience life a bit outside the office, be free of this all-encompassing stress that has driven me to anxiety and depression that requires weekly therapy, etc.
But in the interim, I plan to draw some more concrete boundaries, leave the office earlier, shut my phone off a little more at night and on the weekends, etc. I realized I'm an "enabler." They email me so much because I'm so responsive, nights weekends or otherwise. They give me so much night and weekend work because I always pretend to be enthusiastic and a "team-player" willing to take the hit. I need to stop enabling that behavior by drawing a line in the sand.
It helps if you stop giving as much of a fuck (and this naturally happens when you pay off your loans). Then you don't need to quadruple check your work; if the senior fixes your edits, you go "oh well." You could probably ride it out for a year or two with this mentality, if not longer as long as you still do work when you're given it. It also helps if you don't really want to be a lawyer post-biglaw (and is just for the ride to save up cash).
Some PI attorneys, just to warn you, work a shitload, for crappy pay. There are a bunch of non-profits in NYC that work their attorneys with firm hours....So find a non profit that is legit 8/9 to 5.