Ginj wrote:Legal Assistant at BigLaw firm. I study at work because when people see my LSAT books, they think it's adorable that I'm ambitious and want to be a big ole lawyer someday.
I don't know what kind of market you're in and I don't know if "Legal Assistant" means secretary or paralegal at your firm, but paralegaling while I studied for the LSAT killed my score. I landed a case that put me working 100 hour work weeks for the six weeks before the test and the firm thought they were being very accommodating by letting me leave work at 5pm Friday, not work the weekend, and have Monday off to take the test. This had happened once before and I had postponed the test and did not want to postpone again.
Some firms are nice about working with paralegals to let them prep for law school admissions and others are not. It can be really great, but it can also eat your hours. My botched LSAT lead me to seek work in a less demanding market where I could get better pay and have better hours. Now I'm enjoying the salary and the work so much that I might not make it to law school.
I'm pretty happy how things have worked out for me, but it is a bit of a cautionary tale -- working in biglaw can be great or miserable depending on the market, the office and your goals.