(Closed) How many lawyers we got in the house?

posted 12 years ago in Legal
Post # 17
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Bumble bee

Another lawyer here.  Been "practicing" 8 years now (wow, that went fast!).  Call me crazy, but I loved law school.  Actually being a lawyer, not so much. 

 I concur that if you are just going to law school because you are not sure what you want to do and have to incur student loans, really not a great idea.  It can be difficult to find other occupations that can pull similar salaries and you are generally stuck paying back big student loans (even if you declare bk).  I have numerous colleagues that hate practicing law but are stuck doing so because of their outstanding loans.

 

 

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2009

*Raising Hand*  I’m a lawyer too.  Graduated in 2000.  My advice to anyone starting law school: Be prepared to read, read, read.  I did more reading in my first semester of law school than I did during my entire 4 years of college.  Good luck!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I just finished my second year.  I worked for a couple years between college and law school, then did a lot of reading and researching before I made up my mind to go.  I informed myself about the life of a lawyer and was still pretty sure I could handle it.  After two years of law school, I can definitively say that I have NO INTEREST in practicing law whatsoever unless I can get a job at one of a few select government agencies.  Any desire to "be a lawyer" that I may have had was driven out of me by the end of 1L.

Like mouse, I love the friends I’ve made and the things I’ve learned, and thankfully I didn’t have to go into a lot of debt for school (more than I’d like, but still peanuts compared to most people).  I’m torn on whether I’d recommend law school to a friend — completely situation-dependent, I think.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

I’m the wife, SIL and daughter-in law of a lawyer. I’m also the wife and DIL of law professors. 🙂 If you are planning on going to law school right now, just know that there aren’t a ton of jobs out there right now. Go read Abovethelaw.com and then think about it. That site cracks me up! Also, if you have a niche practice that would help right now. My husband is in IP litigation and it’s one of the few areas {knock on wood} that didn’t dry up back in the fall. He loves it, but it’s hard on our family life. His day trip to another one of his firms offices the other day has turned into a three week trail. I had to FedEx him clothes!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Another (ex-)lawyer here.  I also graduated in 2000.  Would I recommend law school to a friend?  It would depend on the friend.  I totally agree with the comments posted here.

Like missomally, I had a blast in law school (and I loved studying law), but didn’t enjoy practicing.  I worked at a big firm and it just wasn’t for me.  Went back to school and did a Ph.D. in the humanities.  Practicing law part-time and on contract during summers in grad school gave me a certain level of financial comfort.  I had substantial support from scholarships and awards, but what’s considered substantial in the humanities is hard to compare to a lawyer’s salary.

I admire lawyers (especially female lawyers) who like/love their jobs.  It can be a tough profession.  It certainly taught me a lot, and I have no regrets about the educational and professional choices I’ve made.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Another lawyer here!  I actually have my own practice and I love it!  I would definitely recommend law school – but only if you really have a passion for it.  It really is a lot of work and you have to be willing to do it.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m starting law school this fall at U Chicago.  My fiance is finishing up medical school in NY during my 1L year.  I feel like after seeing him go through medical school I feel much more confident that law school can’t be THAT bad.

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I’m a lawyer too, working in a small practice (one other atty plus me) on Maui.  Unlike many of you, I HATED law school with a passion, although I met some great friends there.  The thing that I continue to hate about it – LOANS!  Seriously, my job is ok, but I’m working just to pay debt and that’s no fun.  I do love doing litigation though!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

**Clap, clap**  – I’m a non-practicing attorney.  I did well in law school, didn’t love it,  but got through it, passed the bar on my first take and then…couldn’t find a job in my area that I wanted!  Truthfully, I think I don’t really want to practice law in the traditional sense – so I’ve been holding out for a great position ever since I got sworn in.  It’s  a little more complicated for me because my DH and I live on an island in Lake Erie with a population of 400 which has no courthouse, no mail delivery, etc.   In order to really take a job at a firm, I would have to move away from him…boo!

I agree with PP’s about the difference between going to law school and actually practicing law.  Whether I would recommend law school to someone would really depend on that someone! 🙂

Post # 26
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I am a proud member of the bar.   To those of you thinking about law as a profession, I would say follow your dreams . . . to thy own self be true . . . Go into a profession because you love it.   If you love it, everything will fall in place.   To quote Burke from Grey’s Anatomy:  I am not the best or the brightest, I simply practice!!!!

Post # 27
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Buzzing bee

I actually liked law school too!  I mean, first year was a ton of work, but I made some of my best friends in lawschool.  I worked like a dog first year, and then by third year I more or less was working part time and doing clinics, so not as much studying.

I hate to say [sorry Miss Mouse] but I think studying for the bar was far worse than 1L year…thank god its only a few months!

Post # 28
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I really liked law school too.  Especially if you spent time in the workplace before starting school, which I did, ENJOY your time as a student!  I loved having "free" time in the middle of my days and I have made the most of it.  Being in school is sooo much better than working!  🙂   

My advice for those out there who are about to start 1L year is that you balance your life.  Don’t let the other students freak you out.  Make sure that you make time for things that you enjoy.  For me, it was exercising, watching TV and getting a puppy my second semester of 1L year.  Even though people all around me were bragging about all their hours in the library, they were unhappy about it and consequently in my opinion, didn’t do as well in school.  Don’t get me wrong, I worked harder my 1L year that I have ever worked at anything EVER, but I balanced all that reading and writing with fun stuff in between.  It’s all about quality, not quantity, when it comes to studying!  Good luck!   

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Another lawyer here! I’d do law school all over again to avoid studying for another bar exam: I don’t know how you bar-taking Brides do it! Although I do think that law school made wedding planning easier for me!

Post # 30
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Wannabee

I am a lawyer (and this is my first post here).  I am a first year at a major law firm with a not-wedding-planning-conducive billable hour requirement.  It is past 8 pm and I will be at the office a few more hours.  Sadly, this is not uncommon for me.

My advice- go somewhere that offers financial aid!  I went to a ivy league school.  It was a great experience and good for my career but I wish I was not tied down by loans.

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

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I am a lawyer (and this is my first post here).  I am a first year at a major law firm with a not-wedding-planning-conducive billable hour requirement.  It is past 8 pm and I will be at the office a few more hours.  Sadly, this is not uncommon for me.

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It’s funny that you said this, because I mentioned to my husband the other day that there were a ton of lawyers on WB planning their weddings, etc. and he said "It better not be any of my associates" and then went on a rant about how that would have never happened "when he was an associate". He sounded like Father Time, but he has a point I guess. 

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