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  1. Great post. I just started articling at a big law firm. During my very first weekend of articling, I received calls from 3 older friends/family members who were dealing with some legal issues that were seriously stressing them out. I didn't give them legal advice, but I gave them an overview of their options and pointed them in the right direction as to who to speak to next if they needed substantive legal advice. At the end of each of these conversations, I could tell that I had lifted a large burden from their minds. This kind of touches on Hegdis' point about making a difference through the "cracks and corners of your life". Since before starting law school, I've been gung-ho on being a corporate solicitor and doing M&A deals. However, it definitely felt fulfilling to be seen as a trusted advisor, in however a small capacity, to "the little guy". I'm definitely nervous about things like not knowing enough about the job, whether I'll be hired back here, where I'll be working 5-10 years from now, or whether law is even the industry that I want to be in, but one thing I have enjoyed is the ability to influence people's lives, in however a small way, and to occasionally be the adult in the room that other people seek out for advice.
  2. Couple of the lawyers at my firm told me yesterday that it took them about 5 years for that feeling of being an idiot/imposter to fully go away.
  3. Travelled to a few different places around North America, worked out, played a lot of sports, spent a lot of time with family.
  4. I have heard of one of my classmates who just graduated from law school and has an interview for a consulting position lined up with one of the three elite consulting firms (McKinsey, Bain, BCG). Was told he attended the BCG information session for JD students which PJFry mentioned above and then fired off applications to all of the big consulting firms. Not sure about his background prior to law school though. I am also aware of one poster on this forum who went straight into investment banking after law school.
  5. Going along with JakeBrigance's comments, I met a realtor who acted for a member of the Saudi royal family in the purchase of some properties in Canada and another country. They became a client of his because his family knew the Saudi royal family going back a generation or two. I think the realtor was 28 at the time and made about $800,000 off commissions from two property purchases by that Saudi royal client alone. So it could be possible for OP to go into the family business or something related and use his parent's connections to have clients and massive funds funnelled his way. Although if I had an opportunity like that available to myself, I would stay far away from practising law.
  6. When OP said he got judgmental looks for mentioning which neighbourhood he lived in, I immediately thought of Shaughnessy as well.
  7. This is one of the more enjoyable threads I've read on LS in a while. OP: If you're being serious, and you actually want to make $2MM+ in gross income per year, don't become a lawyer, especially a "human rights" lawyer. Go into some kind of business role, work your ass off, network hard, and hope you get (very) lucky during your career.
  8. Compassionate reasons are huge. I've heard even moreso than good grades (i.e., above average grades).
  9. This has to be a troll job.
  10. I believe there was another salary bump after those numbers were posted, so salaries at some of the firms on that list are a few thousand higher than currently shown on NALP.
  11. You bastard. Had me going in the first few sentences. Great post. To OP: I may be making the jump to private equity. I will let you know if it does work out, and I can share my experiences if it does.
  12. Let's be real. You'd be on here a lot more if Morgan embedded the whole place with bad porn.
  13. Didn't enroll in the JD/MBA, and although I could see how it benefits people wanting to go into business law, I don't think it's necessary as most people who ends up getting big law jobs through OCIs have no business background. The MBA might help you go straight into management or another business role though. Doing a JD/MBA and going into law seems like a bit of a waste of the MBA to me, however. The main value of the MBA lies in the opportunities it opens up for people to switch into different careers, because companies come directly recruit from the MBA program throughout your two years, and many of your peers, as well as the alumni network, can help you get into fields like corporate management, consulting, or investment banking. I think a lot of the doors the MBA opens into the business world close the longer you practice law after completing the JD/MBA.
  14. I remember hearing/thinking the same thing when this happened. Making $300,000 is nice until you realize your friends down the street make $500,000 for doing essentially the same thing.
  15. I posted 10 reasons recently on page 20 of this thread (post # 482)