LRGhost wrote:It doesn't have to be, though. If you are prepared for the grind, know what you're getting in to, and make the best decisions you can considering your desires, it's whatever. It's not a GOOD situation, but it's better than some alternatives.
If you know you're in deep shit with loans, then realize you need to pay attention in class and study 24/7 (essentially if you are not the genius type). Don't gchat or facebook during class lectures. This won't make people sympathize with you when you complain in 3L about having no job offers.
This will probably be the last time I post about this in this thread (though I'll happily PM thoughts because I sort of like talking about this and speculating), but I want to draw back any optimism that was in that post. It's decidedly a negative return but there's a benefit to going in to it aware and knowing what you're struggling against than not. The point I always try to make is that no matter how well you do in class, no matter how well you may perform in Big Law, there are little to no guarantees out of it. You will almost certainly not make partner. You will almost certainly be pushed out before you're a senior associate. There is no outright meritocracy. And then what comes next?
This is an incredibly good post on an incredibly good blog that I'm sure everyone here knows about, but even though it's long I hope you'll read it since it addresses the issue of 'What next?' after BigLaw. http://insidethelawschoolscam.blogspot. ... eared.html