So often these comparisons seem to be between the average lawyer and the top end of another profession. For example, realtors were mentioned. Realtors who make a killing can clear 200k in their first year. But for every highly successful realtor there are five others scraping by with one or two sales per year.
The career path I was on before law school would have maxed out at 100k per year if I was an absolute superstar, worked crazy hours, and got extremely lucky. But it was far more likely I'd have stayed in the 50-70k range for my career. At least in my case, law seems worth it.
In my defence my ONLY post in this thread was when I was drunk. Aside from today.
Also, please take this whole thread with a heaping grain of salt. I forgot that one of the early contributors was our pretend premed person who no longer posts here, and about 75% of everything they said was completely made up.
In other words, this thread is the perfect arena for this perrennial pissing match.