irishman86 wrote: flcath wrote: nealric wrote:
There is no way in hell I could live off of $25K in a primary market like NYC.
It can most certainly be done- you just would not like the standard of living. I lived on less than $1k/mo in NYC when I was a SA (probably would have come to about $1k/mo if I had been paying for all my meals). It meant living in a hostel. For 2 months it was OK, but I would have been rather unhappy if it was my permanent life.
I'm not trying to harp on a point that I know you probably made off-hand, but I really had no idea this could be done. You can pay rent + utilities + food + transportation + [strike]taxes[/strike] for $2K/month? (Anywhere, let alone NY?) On the plus side, even the crappiest LRAPs will cover you when you're pulling down that kind of flow (or lack thereof).
You can make $25K/yr. without a HS diploma. Also, I'm told the average debt load for a GED is far less than that of a JD.
If you only make 25k a year, you might as well exit the legal field and work at a fast food restaurant and try to become manager of the restaurant, because managers get paid over twice that. 25k a year wouldn't let you live NORMALLY (not in a hostel made for drug users and homeless people) in any remotely urban area and probably not in most suburbs anywhere in America either.
Dear lord, give me an fing break!
Would I be happy making $25k after 3 years of law school? Obviously not. Would I be able to survive? Obviously yes, considering that my family had a total combined income of less than $30k a year with 3 mouths to feed, before I was old enough to start working. NYC and LA aren't the only places in the world to live--and people there manage to live on $25k a year (my uncle makes a little over $20k a year, lives in LA.) Is it a comfortable life? Not particularly, but give me a freaking break with this "OMG I COULDN'T POSSIBLY DO IT AND YOU CAN'T LIVE NORMALLY ON.")
As I've said many times, the skewed perspective of the typical law school demographic never ceases to amaze me. Edit: Not to specifically call you out, flcath (my post is more directed at irish,) but it speaks very loudly of the law school demographic that you "didn't know [living on $2k a month] could be done," considering the fact that a huge, huge number of people in the US live on a hell of a lot less than that.
As an aside: newsflash, have you ever actually managed any kind of restaurant, fast food or otherwise (For that matter, have you waited tables or worked food service in general?) It is an incredibly difficult job physically. The fact that it doesn't require much intellectual engagement is a huge negative, as far as I'm concerned. I laugh the same way when people compare lawyer salaries to plumbers and garbage truck drivers. You may metaphorically have to deal with peoples' shit and garbage as a lawyer, but there's a pretty big difference between metaphorical and literal reality.