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3. Do I even want to be a lawyer? (A simple question with a complicated answer, for me anyway).

What I usually tell people is: unless this answer is a definite yes, don't go to law school. But you're definitely mature enough to know what's best for you, so keep on asking those questions!

If you want to take a look at a rough-and-tumble message board full of lawyers, check out Greedy Associates at You thought the REHP was rude and obnoxious? Wait until you see this board....

I've posted numerous messages over the last 2 years regarding my job and all its adventures. As some people know, I recently walked away from a law firm less than 6 months after making partner. If you like setting your own work rules, you can to some extent working as a solo, but there's still court rules and/or government rules (depending on your practice) and opposing counsel to deal with.

Job security is also not guaranteed. I graduated from a top-10 law school and still had plenty of friends who couldn't find legal jobs a year after graduation. Even in my field, which was supposedly recession-proof, there are layoffs and even several law firms that have gone out of business.

If you'd like to chat further about this, drop me an e-mail and I'll be happy to direct you to some resources and answer any other questions you may have. Yes, I finally like my job enough to stay for a while, but I also know that I'm one of the extraordinarily lucky ones.

Good luck!

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