Anonymous User wrote:
Sorry, I thought you were comparing post UG consultants. Above poster asked -- why go to law school if consulting is so tight. I was just chiming in to say consulting post UG sucks. Sure after MBA/JD it probably sucks less.
Also, your experience is not necessarily representative. Depending on the client and project you are on, you might hit crazy deadlines and work many weekends. I'm not talking about traveling 50% of the time. My understanding is that requires being on a project for a while or getting lucky--- I'm talking about 100% travel, every week.
(1) Sure, post-undergrad consultants make less than lawyers and the lifestyle sucks compared to the pay, but if you start in consulting and either continue doing it or lateral out, by the time you would have graduated law school, you'll be making a roughly equivalent salary (or, if you go "into industry," make a slightly lower salary for a much better lifestyle). In some cases (private equity firms) you'll be making significantly more than most lawyers. Plus, you didn't have to pay $200k to go to law school.
(2) I saw how much other people at my firm worked (and aside from that I know literally dozens of consultants), and I do not think my experience is unrepresentative with respect to hours and weekend work. Occasionally you will get slammed with a crazy project and have to work weekends, but it is heavily discouraged (to the point that some firms dock partners' pay to the degree their teams report having bad lifestyles - try finding that at a law firm).
(3) Also, should have been clearer - you will never be on a project traveling 50% of the time. It will either be 100% or virtually 0% (i.e., client is in your hometown, or you do not need to be onsite at the client). But, in offices like New York, where many clients are local (especially in industries like financial services, media, private equity, etc.), it is the case that roughly 50% of the projects are local. Even in travel-heavy offices (Chicago, southern offices, etc.), you probably won't go past 75%.