whereskyle wrote:so, at its core, the legal profession is a "help someone out" profession. The constitution, however, isn't hiring anyone, or maybe that's what a bristow fellow is. I'm foolishly interested almost exclusively in ridiculously prestigious legal careers.
As to what I "know" about the legal profession: I became interested in the mechanics by which so many darned laws grew out of the constitution and what the heck the role of the judiciary was, so i read edward h. levi's an introduction to legal reasoning. Loved it. Recommend it. It really made me want the legal schooling, but yeah, i'm basically like, "what?" in regards to the common professional attorney route. My boss epitomizes the term stressed, and I'm trying to figure out how lawyering would not lead to a miserable life. I obviously have the "do the good dirty work" mentality.
I heard last night that a berkeley grad, who is a PD in Oakland is pretty happy.
So, I think I've come to a lot of the conclusions that tls advises, particularly "no to minimal debt for non-hys", but I'm still trying to suss out competing career paths. I like teaching a lot, and I think advocating and apprising clients of situations and legal realities and their consequences smacks of that interest. Nevertheless, it does seem to be less "pure" in my cosmology. I thank tls, because I've been encouraged to consider whether sticker debt at a t7 is for me. I don't think so. I'm just not willing to trust LRAP or IBR. I can't stand the mental weight of debt.
I PMed you. You're right that being a lawyer is helping people, but maybe not all of those people you help are good people. Does that suck? Sure. If you can't deal with that, then don't be a lawyer. Or get incredibly rich so you can pick your cases. But if you think being a PD means you get to work on complex constitutional questions defending the poor corner boy who got roped illegally, you're in for a rude surprise, dude. You need to go outside and work a normal job. Be a server or work in retail or something. Interact with a range of people. PDs spend a lot of time defending guilty, ungrateful, and frankly terrible people. But those people deserve representation too. Just know that you're doing the same dirty tricks to get them off that you'd do if you were working white collar defense. Academia isn't going to be here for you in the future. Schools will close down and the ones that are open won't hire teachers by the dozens.
In pretty much every profession, you're not working towards a purely noble cause. Your bosses at a restaurant can be chauvinistic fucks and you're making them money. If you're a med researcher, you're growing profits for BigPharma. If you work in the White House or for a politician, you're supporting drones and civilian deaths. I don't know what you want, man.