unicorntamer666 wrote:run26.2 wrote:Loquitur Res wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I'm an associate at a big law firm and besides the office ball and chain/student debt reasons, why on earth do people do this for a living? The money starts out high but never progresses substantially, the people suck for the most part, and the work is honestly quite dull until you make it further up the food chain, but by that point you've wasted half your life doing a bunch of nonsense.
Really? At Cravath scale firms don't you go from 195k to 215k (base + bonus) from first to second year (after the stub), then to like 260K in the third year? What other job are you going to get 20k raise after your first year and a 45k raise after your second year out of school? I'm not heading to biglaw and not trying to defend it, but this particular criticism seems off base.
This. After you're in biglaw for 6 years, you have been around 1.5 million. If you've been wise with your money, you're pretty well on your way to financial independence. Of course, if you have massive debt, things are a bit different.
This. Also, because law is fun. You get paid upwards of $1.5 million to sit at a desk playing logic games for a few years.
I'd vastly prefer this to a guaranteed lifetime of wage slavery, which is what virtually all other jobs amount to - especially those that pay like $50K a year.
ETA: It is admittedly definitely not for everyone, and most people who go into it are probably making a mistake. No one should do it without being confident they love the nature of the work, as the sheer hours requirement will be utterly soul crushing if you don't (and can be even if you do). I encourage people considering law school to work as paralegals first to figure out whether the profession is for them.
are you currently practicing