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.
First - I'm not sure what the point of the money reference is...It starts how by placing you close to the 1% and progresses from there by a 5 figure amount each year for a while. What other comparable and available jobs get you anywhere close to this for most who do it? And by the time you spend a few years doing this, other exit options do become available (depending on how you specialize).
Second, I'm pretty sure the negative biglaw experiences disproportionately reflect how the people or work is. People I work with are great (mostly/most-of-the-time) and the work is interesting (a reasonable amount of the time). Hours sometimes suck, but when work is slow it's amazingly flexible. Point is, it varies firm to firm, practice group to practice group, from month to month, and based on your own personality. There are a lot of shitty places and people to work with, but there are also a lot where there aren't. . .
On the one hand, big law firms can certainly make a killing off of grinding their associates. But on the other, I think many many people would do this for substantially less money than the current market rate considering some of the other careers/jobs people fall into.