Sepa299 wrote:As a longtime lurker of these firms, I strongly emphasize with the OP and would like to warn other young ones, college grads and 0Ls alike that if you read this and come away thinking, "Oh, maybe I should now set my sights on the finance industry", corporate America is not for you. Right down to the summer associates bit, these are universal problems in this spectrum of society. So dig deeper my friends, and if you must end up wearing a shirt and tie every day to work, be prepared for some serious mental and emotional turmoil.
Seriously....... If you make six figures in Corp America and you aren't top dog you probably aren't in love with your job.
And maybe it was just me, but I didn't see any Law-specific complaints in OP's post.
I agree that investment banking would likely be just as bad - and that's why I don't think you should really do that either. My complaints aren't really with the practice of law per se, but there are aspects of being a lawyer that are worse, I think, than other white collar professions.
(1) This is the prize! For many students, this is the best outcome that they could hope for.
(2) Because I paid for law school myself, like many of you will, I live on ~20% of what I earn and the rest goes to the government in some way. This does not have any direct bearing on my happiness while at work, but it does intensify the feeling of "wtf did I do this for." The debt also leads to a feeling of being trapped -- when I had bad weeks in consulting, I always took solace in the fact that I could walk away the next day if it got any worse.
(3) You enter biglaw knowing you have no future at the firm, and if you're realistic, probably no long-term future at any
firm. This is also true in banking and consulting (although slightly less so), but definitely not true for other corporate jobs.
(4) I suspect that there is actually a point to the lack of teamwork/training/availability of help -- if nobody helps you to do things, you will bill more to do them.