Dream job post big law?

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Law professor. Decent salary, summers off - what's not to like?


What’s not to like? Let’s start with academic politics and dealing with people (professors) who have no idea what lawyers actually do. I am still in private practice but teach one class a semester at a local law school. I love the students and teaching activates a part of my brain that practicing doesn’t, so it’s good for my mental health. But if I had to spend 100% of my time working with law professors and academic administrators I would for sure throw myself in front of a train.

If you’re still intrigued, consider also that you also are judged by how much “legal scholarship” you generate, not how well you teach. So your main benchmark is how much useless babble you generate, and how many times your articles are cited in judicial footnotes.

Other than that, it’s awesome.


Definitely business. I miss being creative rather than just critical.


I want to create a media company that makes video dramatizations of case law— especially of cases pre-1950 that use old timey language and are hard to follow.

...I did a lot of case law research today that took me back to 1928 so maybe that’s just my dream job for the moment.


Oh, dear. Someone from my law firm liked my reply. They’re closing in on me.


Commercial whitewater raft guide in summer and ski instructor in winter. Lousy pay but you’re outside all the time and get to share the outdoors with city folk.


Pay what you can/sliding scale hourly rate civil lawyer when the mood strikes, run a boozey baked goods & cocktail bar when it doesn't.


Investigative journalism


Actually sounds in-reach, in my opinion.


Housing advocate. But honestly I feel like I accomplish more working in affordable housing as a BigLaw associate.

GC for an adult film company.

Why don't you do that now? It's an attainable dream.

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