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Subject: Re: Go faster to go slower? Date: 8/13/2002 7:36 PM
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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 http://www.infirmation.com. 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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