I badly regret this
September 30, 2012 3:03 PM Subscribe
What's not to hate about being a transactional lawyer?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (10 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I like analyzing and designing rules, so I became a lawyer. Now I am near the beginning of my second year as a corporate associate in a "biglaw" firm.
I hate it wholeheartedly. The work that I do (for 12-16 hours nearly every day of my life) consists of the purely mechanical application of rote algorithms, occasionally interrupted by the obligation to interact obsequiously. There is no intellectual stimulation, challenge or satisfaction in any of it. Insofar as I've felt close enough to them to ask, senior colleagues -- including one recent partner -- inform me that this has never changed for them and that they don't like their work either.
How can I tell whether what I hate is (i) the earliest stages of biglaw, (ii) biglaw, (iii) transactional law, (iv) law or (v) work?
If you have worked as a transactional attorney, in what elements of your work have you taken satisfaction, and how long did it take you to discover that satisfaction?
If you used to be in my shoes, and then switched to a career you found rewarding, what was that career?
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Thanks in advance for all advice.