JAG lawyer or law firm?
January 18, 2007 7:46 PM Subscribe
Should I become a JAG lawyer/officer now or work for a law firm for a year or two first?
posted by KimikoPi to law & government (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I just graduated from a top 10 law school and am studying for the Bar in CA. I'm torn between applying for Marine Corps Officer Candidate School to become a JAG officer this year versus going to work at a law firm for a year or two first. Here's my list of pros and cons for each . . . please give me feedback on it.
Law firm pros: make some money to pay off loans, gain some BigLaw experience which might make me more marketable in case I leave the military later, satisfy the family members who are like "Why the fu** don't you want to make money?", be completely sure that it's not for me before I take the big step of a 4-year commitment in the military, getting "paper" litigation experience outside of the criminal law field.
Law firm cons: Very boring 1-2 years in an office by myself reading and writing all day with no trial experience or client contact (AKA soul killer of me), my school has Loan Repayment Program and Officer pay is fine give the hours and responsibility.
I spent last summer at a mid-size lifestyle law firm where the people were great and the hours very manageable (1800 billable), but throughout the summer I could just see a future me gaining weight, being cooped up in office without a realistic probability of trial experience.
Any JAGs out there that can give me the straight scoop on what your work life is like?