user69 wrote:Hey, currently I do software and by a lot of standards it's a great gig. That being said, I'm bored AF all the time, and I feel my soul gradually dying. I'm very curious if you find the legal field exciting. I am honestly trying to get out from behind my desk as much as possible. Do I have a misunderstanding of the legal profession? It seems fun to argue in court. Likewise most prosecutors and public defenders seem to have tight stories -- I have none from work. Anywho, let me know. I'm happy to elaborate on whatever. Also happy to answer any Qs about the software biz. Thanks!
I came out of the software industry. I also wanted to get out from behind a desk because I was bored everyday.
Litigation and being court can be very interesting -- way more interesting than the day to day I had in the tech industry. Plus, you don't have to be a top-notch lawyer to be a prosecutor or public defender or to do family law (they go to court a lot). Whereas you tend to have to be an elite programmer to do interesting work and whiteboard interviews every time you want to switch out companies.
The problem is law school. You don't really get to do much advocacy stuff until after your first year. And the rest of it was extremely boring (way less interesting than a computer science, programming or applied math class). You might be stuck taking a lot of classes you have very little interest in. Even advocacy classes may tend to involve a decent amount of writing, so it depends if you like writing/research. Of course, you'll meet people who will say the opposite, that they enjoyed law school and dislike work more.
I didn't like the tech industry despite the high pay, great stock bonuses, and ridiculous benefits. But I also hated law school even more (I definitely would have rather been in a stats class or python class). I think you should talk to as many Prosecutors and Public Defenders as you can in person, get their perspective. A prosecutor in federal court will have a different perspective than one doing misdemeanors in county court. A prosecutor in a big city could have a very different experience than one in a smaller suburb.
Make a decision based on your restricted stock units and vesting schedule. Night school might be a good option so you wouldn't have to give that up. So if you aren't enjoying it, you can always leave and not give up your job and RSUs.