Doing the Update Thing
Whatever. I have my doubts that the PhD thing is right for me anyway. Really, the hardest thing about law school is that I have to wait so long for my life to start. Clearly starting anew in a program that will probably last at least five years is not the solution to that concern. As far as law school goes, I am starting to realize that the standard thing to do when you do the law school thing is the following.
1. Apply for law school
2. Do law school for 3 years
3. Study for the bar and take it the summer afterwards
4. Maybe clerk for a judge for a year.
5. Work in "Big Law"--read 60-70 hour weeks in NYC, DC, Boston, LA, San Fran--for three to four years while making $145,000+/yr
6. Trade in that experience for a less stressful job with better hours. Government, In-House, etc.
7. Perhaps move away from practicing by doing this last job.
I just turned 24. I will graduate and pass the bar at 26. I will be done with a clerkship at 27. I will be done at BigLaw and done with the prime of my life at 31. Scary...
The time that takes depresses me. I always thought that I could avoid BigLaw-and I can-but it's hard not to go along with it when that's all your other classmates are working towards. And the salaries? Well, you may at times wonder why you went to law school in the first place when you are making the same amount of money you could have been should you do Govt/Public Interest. And once you turn down the opportunity to do BigLaw, you cannot very easily jump in should you change your mind. Even if you can, you are starting out with a bunch of green recent law graduates. I feel old being a year behind many of my law student classmates as is.
So that's my delimma. I want to be successful but I want to work on starting a family soon with the woman I love. We are starting to have meetings about the crucial job search process that begins at the end of this summer for us current 1Ls. I am starting to get scared.