Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Where were you 5 years ago?

For those at the end of 2012 who: (1) couldn't find a job, flyer1412/06/17
5 years ago I went from doc review to information security. phillydoucherocket12/06/17
What kind of credentials do you have? What advice would you t3success12/06/17
I was 3L, coasting through class and working hard at interns bucwild12/06/17
At the end of 2012 I had passed the bar and was hired to do jorgedeclaro12/06/17
Five years ago I was working in a non-attorney position, but yulacu12/06/17
Sitting in my own office doing what I wanted. Why did I ever fettywap12/06/17
In December 2012, I was working for a small firm situated ne cacrimdefense12/06/17
5 years ago I was studying for my last finals and about to g ambulancechaser201312/06/17
In law school, ruining my liver. isthisit12/06/17
I was doing the same job that I am doing now at the same gov tacocheese12/06/17
5 years ago I was nearly penniless as a solo, now I'm making trollfeeder12/06/17
This will be my answer in two years. flyer1412/11/17
Working in a bankruptcy mill that was about to go belly up. newsolo12/06/17
Twas a 1L, dumbly working too hard and not smart enough in m 3lol12/06/17
5 years ago, I was working as a contract analyst on a contra hairypalms12/06/17
Five years ago I was a number 2, working somewhere where I h doctorseuss12/10/17
Working as an ADA but getting sick of the politics and looki pauperesq12/11/17
5 years ago i was a Staff Attorney (read: permanent doc revi blackholelaw12/11/17
I was at a small law firm doing consumer protection cases (f 2breedbares12/12/17
I was at my first law job doing a mix of ID and business lit tcpaul12/12/17
Five years ago I had six-figures worth of student loan debt barelylegal12/24/17
Congratulations! inho2solo12/25/17
5 years ago I was a young hot shot government attorney. Two retard12/25/17
What kind of move? loblawyer12/25/17
Inhouse retard12/25/17
1L year. dharamsala12/25/17
Five years ago, I was making $20k/month doing heavy OT on fo dieter12/26/17
Had my staff attorney job but also had more debt 5 years ago notreallyalawyer12/26/17
Back in grad school and enjoying life. therewillbeblood12/26/17
I was at the end of my first year in-house. Was butting head onehell12/26/17
I was struggling to find a job 5 years ago, fresh out of sch ugly12/26/17
Just found out I passed the bar exam. Began looking for work cocolawyer12/26/17

flyer14 (Dec 6, 2017 - 2:43 pm)

For those at the end of 2012 who:
(1) couldn't find a job,
(2) had a job and were working in the legal field,
(3) have quit the legal field and are working in a different industry, or
(4) were going back to school either b/c you can't find work or you hate the legal field, where were you 5 years ago today?

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5 years ago I was a 2L. Pretty sure I was worrying about a wills and trusts exam at about this point in time. Around the same time, dreams of going in-house had crashed upon the rocks of reality... namely my 1L grades and the corresponding lack of law and law-related jerbs.

In the intervening five years, I graduated, passed the bar, worked my own shingle for a year, and then left law entirely to work for the military instead. Now I'm in defense contracting and enjoy a far better quality of life.

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phillydoucherocket (Dec 6, 2017 - 5:45 pm)

5 years ago I went from doc review to information security. I'm much, much happier now.

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t3success (Dec 6, 2017 - 8:50 pm)

What kind of credentials do you have? What advice would you give someone to pursue an info Security Career? What should they study etc?

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bucwild (Dec 6, 2017 - 2:50 pm)

I was 3L, coasting through class and working hard at internship.

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jorgedeclaro (Dec 6, 2017 - 3:14 pm)

At the end of 2012 I had passed the bar and was hired to do doc review starting at the beginning of the year. I had already applied for the job I ended up being in currently, but wouldn't be hired for another half a year.

The months before December were particularly hard. I was applying to jobs but not getting anything in the way of response. I was alternating between working out and playing video games during the day.

Things are much better now. Partner at the firm. Make a healthy living with upside as far as the eye can see. Live less than a 10 minute drive from work. And unlike a lot of people, I don't hate the practice of law.

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yulacu (Dec 6, 2017 - 3:46 pm)

Five years ago I was working in a non-attorney position, but I had a job offer for my first government attorney gig that would start in January. I'm still in the legal field.

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fettywap (Dec 6, 2017 - 3:56 pm)

Sitting in my own office doing what I wanted. Why did I ever stop doing that?

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cacrimdefense (Dec 6, 2017 - 4:15 pm)

In December 2012, I was working for a small firm situated near the L.A. County/Orange County border. I was a couple months away from going solo, and was looking for cheap office space.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Dec 6, 2017 - 4:27 pm)

5 years ago I was studying for my last finals and about to graduate in December 2012. I was so naive compared to today, I have more experience now, I still have a long way to go.

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isthisit (Dec 6, 2017 - 4:57 pm)

In law school, ruining my liver.

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tacocheese (Dec 6, 2017 - 6:15 pm)

I was doing the same job that I am doing now at the same gov employer. Making about $30k less than I make now.

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trollfeeder (Dec 6, 2017 - 8:43 pm)

5 years ago I was nearly penniless as a solo, now I'm making just under $100k for the government.

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flyer14 (Dec 11, 2017 - 9:17 am)

This will be my answer in two years.

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newsolo (Dec 6, 2017 - 9:04 pm)

Working in a bankruptcy mill that was about to go belly up. Making about $60k/yr. It was my last year working for someone else.

I left the firm the next summer and took a lot of clients with me. That was the final nail in the coffin for my old firm.

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3lol (Dec 6, 2017 - 9:12 pm)

Twas a 1L, dumbly working too hard and not smart enough in my first semester. I just missed the level where I might have had a shot at my schools crappy OCI, and my much improved grades for the rest of school mattered not in that regard.

Of course, I'm reasonably happily employed, so I guess it worked out for me in the end, at least up to now.

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hairypalms (Dec 6, 2017 - 9:39 pm)

5 years ago, I was working as a contract analyst on a contract basis for a tech company. This was after doing document review for 5-6 years. Since then I parlayed that contract gig into a full time contract associate role with a major tech company (contract drafting/negotiations) and was promoted to counsel after 1.5 years. I am now at the director level for the same company and doing better than I ever anticipated. I feel very fortunate at my newfound luck after struggling for many years.

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doctorseuss (Dec 10, 2017 - 8:58 pm)

Five years ago I was a number 2, working somewhere where I had very limited growth potential. I could have kept doing a fairly low level job forever, but had no real chance of moving up. I took an ill-advised journey into another industry shortly thereafter. Ill advised because of the particular employer, not because of the industry itself.

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pauperesq (Dec 11, 2017 - 10:36 am)

Working as an ADA but getting sick of the politics and looking to transition into private practice.

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blackholelaw (Dec 11, 2017 - 8:48 pm)

5 years ago i was a Staff Attorney (read: permanent doc reviewer) at a biglaw firm. Now, I'm in house at a large privately-owned company. I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out.

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2breedbares (Dec 12, 2017 - 12:35 am)

I was at a small law firm doing consumer protection cases (fraud/lemon law/PI) for less than $70k a year. Now I'm at a state agency making $120k a year.

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tcpaul (Dec 12, 2017 - 3:10 pm)

I was at my first law job doing a mix of ID and business lit. I was just beginning to realize that my future was not at that firm but it would take me another 3 years to get out.

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barelylegal (Dec 24, 2017 - 7:30 pm)

Five years ago I had six-figures worth of student loan debt but as of this month I am debt free.

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inho2solo (Dec 25, 2017 - 8:40 pm)

Congratulations!

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retard (Dec 25, 2017 - 10:58 am)

5 years ago I was a young hot shot government attorney. Two law firms later I am a bitter, bordering on burnt out partner in a small firm contemplating a big move.

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loblawyer (Dec 25, 2017 - 2:25 pm)

What kind of move?

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retard (Dec 25, 2017 - 6:37 pm)

Inhouse

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dharamsala (Dec 25, 2017 - 8:00 pm)

1L year.

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dieter (Dec 26, 2017 - 6:39 am)

Five years ago, I was making $20k/month doing heavy OT on foreign-language doc review. Project lasted four months, and was the best I've been on.

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notreallyalawyer (Dec 26, 2017 - 8:47 am)

Had my staff attorney job but also had more debt 5 years ago

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therewillbeblood (Dec 26, 2017 - 9:22 am)

Back in grad school and enjoying life.

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onehell (Dec 26, 2017 - 2:31 pm)

I was at the end of my first year in-house. Was butting heads with the GC and CEO and thought I was on the verge of getting canned. But then there was a big merger. They parachuted out and I got promoted by their replacements, who were quite apologetic for what I'd endured under prior leadership. Go figure.

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ugly (Dec 26, 2017 - 4:16 pm)

I was struggling to find a job 5 years ago, fresh out of school. Got a government gig as a patent examiner and have been doing it ever since. No dealing with clients, but I do get to read a few "creative arguments" on a daily basis.

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cocolawyer (Dec 26, 2017 - 5:00 pm)

Just found out I passed the bar exam. Began looking for work in a crap economy. I told myself anything but Family Law. 4 months later I started my first attorney position...in Family Law. Now I am making six figures at a govt. position.

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