Perfect Tender

honest thoughts from a new lawyer

Allow me to tell you more about myself

I’m I’m going to write this blog, I suppose I should say more about myself.  Well, first, I’m a recent law school graduate.  I went to a top 30 school and got a 3.5 GPA.  This was my GPA at the end of the first year and it was pretty much GPA at the end of law school.  This was a GPA that was much lower than I usually got in life.

Which brings me to my second point.  I did not enjoy law school all that much.  For one thing, I was not very good at it.  I worked way too hard to get a 3.5 GPA.  Other students in my school were geniuses who effortlessly got As.  I consider myself extremely lucky to have have gotten two offers at the end of OCI.  I’ll have more to say about this later.  Another reason I did not like law school is simply that I did not have many friends.  I got along with everyone fine but never connected with anyone.  As a result, I didn’t have friends and the entire three years was a lonely experience.  I think in a way, writing this blog can be therapeutic for me because I can finally talk about a lot of issues I had with law school more openly and honestly because this blog is anonymous.

And that brings me to my third point.  I intend to keep this blog anonymous.  I plan to be as honest as I can about myself and my thoughts and that requires I be anonymous.

And because we’re being honest, I have to be honest about why I even went to law school in the first place.  I needed to earn a better salary.  Prior to law school, I was earning an OK salary but in an expensive city.  Others my age were making six-figures and I was struggling.  Tired of it all (and because I had always thought about law school on-and-off since my sophomore year of college), I finally took the LSAT.  And studying for that test was a stressful experience, and one that contributed to the breakup of a great relationship I had with a girl I was in love with (but too chickenshit to really show it—more on this relationship in future posts).

And my fifth point, because it seems like everyone in a large firm cares about money, I intend to periodically post my bank account (and other liquid account) balances.  Lawyers like money and I’m here to give you a peek inside my wallet. Time to see if being a lawyer pays.

Other than that, I work at a smallish biglaw firm (some consider it a midsize firm).  I’m lucky to be making biglaw market rate and I’m happy to be working in the practice area of my choice. 

But I also wonder about how long I keep going.  This Thanksgiving break was the first time since I started working that I left the office before 8 (I think I left early the very first day). I have already gained weight and I’m stressed and sleep-deprived.  I don’t want to only see my wife in the mornings as we get ready for work.  I don’t want to be overweight and unhealthy.  I don’t want to be cynical and unhappy, full of too much stress to enjoy life.  And I don’t want the overwhelming majority of my waking hours in the office, as I’ve spent them the past few months.

So I hope you’ll read this blog and tell me what you think.  I hope you ask questions. 

  1. gastons-atheletes-foot said: Can you say what kind of law you practice?
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