Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Finally did it

Since graduating law school 4 years ago, I've been working i redwhineo05/14/17
Congrats. Do you think there is stability with this job? The loblawyer05/15/17
To be successful in virtually any professional job requires mrtor05/15/17
Disagree. The whole point of the modest city pay is to have adamb05/15/17
Yay, Congrats! lawyer205/15/17
Awesome! beaubaez05/15/17
Thanks all. After 4 years I finally get to put "attorney" on redwhineo05/15/17
Congrats!! Although the initial pay is likely lower, govt. a newjag1705/17/17
redwhineo (May 14, 2017 - 6:33 pm)

Since graduating law school 4 years ago, I've been working in a Jd preferrred type position. Although the pay is good and the job is easy, there is no upward potential and I hate the work.

After 2 years of constant applications and interviews I landed my first attorney position working for the city. Although it's a pay cut and requires relocation, I am thrilled. I'm hoping in the long run the pay cut will be worth it. Also, bring a city job, I should not have to put in long hours.

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loblawyer (May 15, 2017 - 7:15 am)

Congrats. Do you think there is stability with this job? The likely reasonable hours (by any standard, not law) and great benefits should make up for the pay cut, at least in the short term.

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mrtor (May 15, 2017 - 9:39 am)

To be successful in virtually any professional job requires a time commitment. This City attorney position sounds like a great opportunity. Don't squander it by punching the clock. Escaping billing alone is worth an extra hour or two per day.

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adamb (May 15, 2017 - 12:06 pm)

Disagree. The whole point of the modest city pay is to have a life. As long as you are not behind on work or on trial, punch the clock at exactly 5pm every day. That is what we do.

A life is more important than putting in uncompensated "extra" time every day that most bosses won't notice anyway.

Congrats! I went from solo to city, and I could not be happier.

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lawyer2 (May 15, 2017 - 11:43 am)

Yay, Congrats!

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beaubaez (May 15, 2017 - 12:06 pm)

Awesome!

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redwhineo (May 15, 2017 - 12:17 pm)

Thanks all. After 4 years I finally get to put "attorney" on my resume, which should help my career in the long run. Luckily, the position is entirely transactional so leaving at 5 should not be a problem.

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newjag17 (May 17, 2017 - 6:27 pm)

Congrats!! Although the initial pay is likely lower, govt. attorney positions have a ton of upsides to them. I have known several attorneys who found a lot of job satisfaction in government plus it's sometimes overlooked that in later years, six-figures is definitely a possibility depending on the level of government and jurisdiction size. A ton of people apply for often a small number of openings so definitely congrats, Counselor=)

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