slack_academic wrote:For those posting that they regret it, do you think your feelings might change if/when you find a different role in the legal profession? I understand biglaw is terrible and even law school itself can be rough for a lot of people, but I've met a lot of people who really enjoy their work in the law.
Is there something to be said for finding the right fit in terms of your legal job or do you guys think this is mostly flame?
For sure. I actually had a BigLaw gig that I reneged on for this very reason. I think practice can be enjoyable in the right circumstances, and with the right qualify of life balance. However, the 1L that was posting above is right to a certain extent. There are some people like (presumably) him that are totally fine working 60-70 hour weeks. They enjoy the work, and they don't have other things they want to be doing.
They can be very happy in a corporate career.
But that's not for me. I think I can be very happy in a different type of legal career though, definitely.
To chime back in: this is a great point. I think a big factor of whether you will like law/law school is whether you like having unstructured down time. I hate having this. When I'm working, I'm 100% focused and working. When I'm not, I'm at a movie, a baseball game, a bar, whatever, and there is a plan: meet friends at X o'clock. What I hate is home, nothing to do, staring at the ceiling. Plus I think the work is interesting. But anyone who would like to work 40 hours a week, have the entire weekend off just doing whatever, have evenings off, no real plan just figure it out, I think it is highly unlikely you would like law/law school.
I have other interests, really good friends, and enjoy other things in life, but I really don't feel comfortable unless I'm working and focused, and this is part of what I like (the structure). Also, the poster who said that in law you are a servant, that is definitely true. A person who hates the chain of command, or feels that they are "above" that kind of role, I don't think law school would be a good profession. It is a knowledge profession and also a service profession.