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INTERESTING QUOTES AND COMMENTS OVERHEARD THIS WEEK FROM FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES AND STRANGERS.  (Names have been eliminated, but the quotes are real.  Too real!)

SENIOR PARTNER BIGLAW: “The law business sucks right now.  It’s awful.  I’d hate to be a young lawyer starting out.  There’s no money in it anymore.  No chance at partner.  It just sucks.  Luckily, I’m 55 and have a big book of business.  So I’ll squeak by for another ten years.”

JUNIOR PARTNER BIGLAW – I billed 300 hours last month.  I can barely see straight.  I have two kids, a husband… I hate my life. I thought making partner might change things.  It’s only made everything worse.  And it’s not like I’m getting rich or anything.  I make just enough to keep me from quitting.  Then again, that’s the whole point, isn’t it?”

HOT SHOT ENTERTAINMENT LAWYER – Not to sound like an asshole or anything, but I look at BigLaw geeks and laugh. They’re smart, work their asses off, give up their entire lives… and for what?  Money?  I make as much as a Partner at Skadden and I barely practice law.  I talk to clients, negotiate deals… I work hard, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t work weekends.  Ever.  It’s not even on the table.  I get to the office at 9 and leave at 5 – and I take a two-hour lunch.  Anyway… I just think this BigLaw thing is a joke.  Billing 3,000 hours or whatever.  Sad thing is, there are lots of really smart and talented people out of there doing it.  Oh well…”

LAID OFF ASSOCIATE – I never thought I’d be 30 and unemployed.  It literally never even entered my mind.  I went to the right schools, worked incredibly hard… I was always the A student.  I always thought I’d make partner… or be working in-house… or land a job as an investment banker.  No matter what, I certainly didn’t imagine being 30, jobless and $100,000 in debt… I went to Stanford Law School for God’s sake. If I just played by the rules, I thought things would work out.  But they didn’t.  And it sucks.”

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4 Comments

  1. BL1Y

    August 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

    A pie eating contest where the prize is more pie? Capital idea!

  2. Anon

    August 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Is this supposed to make me feel even worse about my pathetic life?  Only good news is, my grades suck and I won’t get a job in BigLaw anyway.

  3. Alma Federer

    August 8, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I think we all should be positive about our lives as lawyers. I know that if I were to think negatively, things would not be as good.  So I think about the positive things; like I have a job, the people respect me and I hope to be able to take a vacation this year after Labor Day.  I do not dwell on the negatives, so do not care if I do not have a boyfriend right now.  I am thinking of going into my own business soon, but have to have an idea to make it work.

  4. Guano Dubango

    August 8, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I am still interested in Alma.  She seems like the kind of woman I can be proud to stand next to in a line for a Yankee game.  At the same time, knowing that a woman like that will share my bed is something to look forward to.  Alma, let me know if you will date me.

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