howlery wrote:portaprokoss wrote:Even though I go to a T-14 for nearly free, even though my grades are decent, even though I landed a coveted paying 1L gig, even though I'm going to big law, even though it's in the market I want, even though it's in the practice group I want, and even though that practice group is the best at what it does in the country . . . I regret coming to law school with every fiber of my being.
Practicing law is boring. 95% of the work you'll do is not challenging, though it may seem to be because you're exhausted. The people are terrible. Even at the highest paying firms the money sucks (for how many hours you work & the three years of your life you lost going to law school). The only things lawyers have in common are shoddy family lives and the desire for material well-being.
The legal profession's biggest winners are life's biggest losers.
Yes. I regret going to law school.
If you could go back and choose differently, what would you have done? It sounds like you had amazing grades from undergrad and must be very talented to be where you are now.
Good grades are awarded to those of us who're the most anal; I don't think it has anything to do with talent. I'll work at a firm for two years to save up some cash then my brother and I will buy an orchard and make hard cider. If I could go back in time I would just skip law school, work for a year doing whatever, then buy the orchard. I think that most of us with the wherewithal to get into a good law school have the wherewithal to do our own thing or open up our own businesses and make real money, but we're afraid. We want the security blanket of an institution. We want a well-worn path. That was my mistake. I'm just glad I realized it before I threw away the rest of my life.
The law is a utilitarian art, like carpentry or plumbing. We serve a client. Serve. The worst of us serve low-lives who're divorcing one another. The "best" of us neglect our wives and children to do bitch work for some judge or mega-corporation. Lawyers make nothing of beauty, nothing of joy. We became lawyers because we wanted to be rich and powerful, but we live out our lives serving the rich and powerful. The law is a servile art.