Does anyone here regret going to law school or law in particular?

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Someone once told me that “smart people who don’t know what they want to do with their lives go to law school.” 🙋‍♀️ Still trying to figure out what I want to do, but it’s certainly not this. But I’m not sure that amounts to regret.

Looking back at the position I was in when I went to law school through todays lens I see lots of other paths I coulda shoulda woulda taken. But at the time it made sense.

I have a decent life and I hate my job. Neither of which are unique to going to law school or law in particular.

I will say, that an idealist walked into law school and that was beaten out of me in my first semester of law school. A decade later and I still haven’t recovered that… so, maybe I do regret it.

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Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. On one hand I feel like there are much easier and less time consuming and less stressful ways to make largely the same or similar money, so I feel sort of like I’m wasting my life and I’m on a fools errand (especially seeing my neighbors with the same homes who seem to rarely work an honest week in their lives- it truly amazes me how much free time they have and they look at me like I’m a lunatic when I say I’m working at night or on weekends).

But on the other hand, I realize I have steady/good income every week if my life and have been able to afford/do pretty much whatever I want and support a family, etc. and I have minimal concern about losing my job or clients, and I feel like I can always find work.

My grandfather was old school ex military and then became a mechanic. He always said learn a trade and you can always work for yourself and if you don’t like your boss, you pick up your tools and leave to go work somewhere else. Being a good lawyer allows you freedom to do just that.

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Not all the time, but definitely whenever I’m awake.

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Look at this guy who doesn’t have nightmares

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Yes every day. Don’t do it.

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No way, I always dreamed of recording my existence in 6 minute increments while serving thankless clients and getting stabbed in the back by colleges over credit! Didn't you?

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Yes, but only because I dislike the actual practice of law and there are other careers that pay equally or more for less work. I did love law school. As a paralegal you probably have a much better idea of what the practice entails than I did.

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I love the academic side of law and school in general. If I could just be assigned discreet research/substantive drafting assignments all day that would be a dream. I hate dealing with the logistics of litigation (dealing with angry clients/opposing counsel, discovery, doc review, the stress of having someone on the other side waiting to exploit any mistake, etc.). Some people either don’t let it get to them or thrive on it. I’m not one of those people.

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Yeah. There are definitely easier, more lucrative and more interesting career paths. And I have six figures of student loans, so that stinks. Feels weird to have to go into debt for the privilege of working a crappy job.

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On the daily

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Not at all. I loved law school, loved being in big law. I moved on, but I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing if I didn’t go to law school (and businees school, but that is another story). And I actually love practicing law. I suppose I love a lot of things this evening. But seriously, I would certainly do it all over again. And I’m glad I did it in the first place.

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I don’t enjoy practicing law & am looking to leave, but I don’t regret going to law school. Law school was something I always wanted to do and I’m really proud of myself for doing it, even if the profession isn’t what I thought it was.

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I felt this

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Regret is too strong of a word, but if I knew where I was gonna be now, I would have chosen tech instead. Better wlb for more money and less debt and fewer people acting like we should be grateful for being part of a toxic industry

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I go back and forth. Sometimes I think it's law. Sometimes it's lawyers. But honestly? It's people.

I think I'm just so much more disappointed with lawyers because as a kid I expected more. I believed I would be apart of a great group of educated like-minded people.

Wow was I naiive.

I encounter the same ratio of problems at every level and with all types of people. Petty, dumb, crazy, mean it's the same everywhere.

I'd actually argue that the vast majority of Attorneys are far too sensitive for my liking - which was disappointing to realize.

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I don't, for me at the time it was the best choice I ever made and took my life to a much better place. But it's a rough field even for people like me who do tend to like it, and I think it's worth thinking over carefully as to whether you'll like it and what your law school options are.

I probably would have regretted not studying until I got a high score on the LSAT, or going to a law school that didn't fit my interests and career goals.

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Literally more than anything.

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I hated law school and wanted to drop out every day but stayed because I thought it would be so much better once I’m on the other side. It’s not. It’s more of the same. Long hours, losing sleep, eating junk food to keep you awake, skipping every gym sesh, missing birthdays, dinners, time with friends and significant other. You’re on call 24/7 (even when on vacation). You have very little supervision, yet when you don’t know something or make a mistake it’s all your fault and you should have known better. It’s the same demands and mind games of law school just brought into the workplace. And sure you make a lot of money, but if you’re smart you’ll put it towards your student loans and then financially still probably be in a worse off position overall than if you hadn’t taken out the loans and just got a decent job out of undergrad and slowly climbed the ranks.

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I thought I would give me purpose it did for a while and then I lost my job and I don't know who I am if I'm not a lawyer

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Yeah I just had a strain of adversity that's designed to make me into the best person I can be

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Not at all! Sure some days/nights/weeks are rough but I was very picky about the school, what law firm I went to, and now the work I do. Yes I still have to take on some projects I really don’t want or occasionally work with someone I don’t like, but the feeling of getting something right or getting to work on a case in an area of interest is really special.

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I regret it every day. Student loan debt is no joke. The burnout is real.

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I asked because at this point I regret it. Did not pass the bar. Still in debt. I have a choice to either take the bar again and go through all the stuff you guys are going through or just throw in the towel and do something else that I may actually enjoy. Family and friends tell me to take the bar again. I just don’t have the energy to do it again. Depressing.

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Most of the time no but I dreamed about work last night so right now I will say yes

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Time to take a vacation!

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Every day.

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