Now I Know Why Lawyers Charge So Much
ORIGINALLY POSTED 6/22/11 – Filling out my new academic calendar exhausts me. I am anticipating my “senior year” and realizing how expensive it will be—also, taking the bar isn’t cheap. From where is all this extra money supposed to come, especially if you have a family and a life with bills attached? My stomach has been in knots lately pondering these questions. Job postings seem to be stuck on $10/hour—except that Dairy Queen in Austin starts at $12. Really.
This financial regression is indeed a bitter pill to swallow. I’ve talked to friends like me who were professionals before law school and we worry about being “salary snobs.” Not that the work is beneath us, but that we left jobs paying twice or three times $10/hour to attend law school. Now, as we prepare to complete our legal education we are expected to re-enter the job market at 2/3 less than when we left? I guess it’s for the employer to decide whether he/she wants a baby lawyer to shape and mold, or whether the value added by an established professional is worth bumping up the initial salary to get one of us on board as a contributing member of the team. It’s not my plan to be “rich” after law school, but what I want to avoid is needing a lawyer myself—a bankruptcy lawyer—when I get out. I have to trust that this too shall pass and that God has my back, just as He has throughout this journey.