Npret wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Npret wrote:My point which I guess I didn't state plainly enough is that OP borrowing massive debt for law school is the fundamental problem here. The question isn't whether he can live frugally with a roommate in NYC on a 6 figure salary. He isn't complaining about his life style, he hates his biglaw job that he mortgaged his future to have.
Now, what is he going to do?
I wish more 0Ls would grasp this point instead of making their biglaw budgets.
OP Here - DING DING DING - Law school ended up being the biggest mistake of my entire life. I wasn't even interested in law school until I took the LSAT on a whim and did well because every single job I interviewed for ended up puling the position (ugrad GPA was not great so I had no scholarships to good schools). I figured big law would be bad, but that I could hack it for five years, pay off the debt and have a nice savings account to figure out next steps, but that was a TERRIBLE idea. People don't understand just how bad big law can be and how stress just completely wears you down. After 4 years of stressing out about the debt, I've decided worrying isn't worth it and the debt is just a number and I can't let it define my future. I went to law school to work in corporate law at a top firm. I worked at a V10 firm, which to most in law school is "winning", and within 6 months was like "holy shit, what have I done".
This is all my fault. I didn't trust my gut when I got close to school starting and I got nervous thinking maybe i was making a mistake and took the "easy" way instead of networking and hustling for a job. I listened to friends and family saying that I made it to an amazing school, I'll be fine and the debt is "good debt". Newsflash to 0Ls, student debt is horrible debt because you have no collateral backing it. You can't just sell an asset and be done with it, or ruin your credit temporarily and be done via bankruptcy.
OP you at least have some credentials and accomplished what you set out to do. You've also done a good job with the money you've earned so far. You could be in a much worse position.
I could honestly see leaving without a job if you at least have a plan or an outline of what you want to do next. You will be able to say that you pursued a goal and decided law isn't for you.
Luckily there are debt repayment plans so you can get the monthly payment down while you are unemployed.
You should look for advice from people who have experience with career transition. There are coaches and podcasts that you can find for advice. You need to narrow down what your next step will be towards.
I could see how corporate associates would feel this way, but just to add another perspective. I'm a 2nd year litigation associate. Although most days the job isn't fun, I see myself building towards a career that I'll ultimately enjoy. I've already tried a case and arbitration, taken and defended depositions, and argued a few motions. All that stuff is fun to me. I hope that eventually this stuff will be the majority rather than the extreme minority of my practice.
I couldn't do any of those things in other professions. I really enjoy representing clients and being in Court. When I'm done with biglaw, I'll have some money saved and loans hopefully paid, or at least on my way there. Can't really complain about my choice to enter the profession.