I can't do part time where I live. I wish! That would solve every problem in my life.
I have been told that a summer clerkship is likely for me as long as I make the grade. It's never a guaruntee, but I think chances are better than not. I agree. It's a huge leap.
So the general consensus is don't do it. Is there anyone who thinks it is a good move? Anyone think of a scenario where if you were in my position you'd make the move? What would it take for you to do it?
I made the move. I did not work for a law firm, but I worked for a consulting firm that had an e-discovery practice that would easily take me in after i finished law school. i have an IT background and was doing tech consulting for them. i left 80k for law school. i could come back to my old firm doing easy e-discovery and data security projects for close to 6figs. but since going to law school i've actually found out that i wanna take a crack at patent law. i'll be in SF this summer doing just that (just finished 2L).
My job was great. I had lots of vacation time. The pay was awesome. I was respected. Even though I really liked my life, it wasn't enough. And for me, if life isn't enough, I look for things that will better satisfy me. I'm pretty happy with my decision. It looks like it is going to significantly change my life for the better. It's a helluva lot of work to get from point A to point B, but nothing worth doing is ever easy.
The "don't go to law school" sentiment of TLS will undoubtedly disagree with me and call me a fluke exception to the rule that all attorneys will end up hating their life, but it's a very individual decision. You just have to take a hard look at where you and and if that's actually where you want to be (even if it is comfortable).