thefatman11 wrote:At the end of the day, I believe that I'm just craving praise and admiration. When I was attending my Ivy League UG, whenever people asked me what I was doing, or where I was studying, they all lightened up and showered me with my praise when I told them. They were like, "wow, you must be extremely smart." However, now, whenever I tell people I'm just a salesman, they're like, "oh, meh, that's interesting."
I make a lot of money, but people don't automatically respect me, or view me as smart, the way I used to. Meanwhile, my lawyer friends in biglaw, and also management consultants, and i-bankers still get treated well and viewed as highly intelligent when they reveal their professions (and academic history) to others. I think that's the main reason I want to go to law school or become a lawyer- so that my educational attainment and profession will be a heuristic for others to view me as very smart.
Call me a shallow POS, and yes I am, but having lay prestige would bring me subjective happiness, more so than lacking lay prestige but making $$.
Since so many of you are dissuading me from pursuing law school, what other paths do you recommend? I'm not super into academia because I want both lay prestige + $$, so I think corporate law or management consulting gives you the both of best worlds. Maybe an M7 MBA into MBB consulting is the best path for me then.
Ever think about getting an MBA and moving into supply chain/operations? You'll have some legitimate targets to make and a lot of it is technical work work. Also for your preffffftige desire - go to Harvard Business School (or the like) and then regularly go to the Harvard Club in whatever city you're in. Plus your sales background is going to help you when you're more senior. A lot of those soft skills you have are critical for C-level positions (esp. CEO).
Biglaw prestige to a non-lawyer might be viewed as "holy shit that's cool" But, SOME corporate biglaw lawyers have an inferiority complex (just look at this board) where they think they are solely getting in the way of business, just pushing paper, doing mindless due diligence etc....