I still have a few years left on my current contract period with the military but unless my work becomes immensely more interesting I will be looking elsewhere for employment. While I never really considered it much before, law practice has started to peak my interest, especially the case with the"free-range" children in Maryland. I majored in Philosophy and specialized in political philosophy so it doesn't seem that much of a stretch to go into law.
Anyways, questions for you:
Do you have a private practice or work for a firm?
What are your hours like?
Day-to-day, do you spend more time in research and/or in practice or more time doing non-practice aspects (administrative, paper-work, babysitting unruly clients, etc.)?
How long did it take you to pay off your loans?
Post-school debt, have you experienced much financial stress, or have you been fairly stable? (my research has indicated both stable 100K+ a year jobs and apparently some unemployed/unemployable lawyers or low-paying law practice (30-60K, but of course they don't say what state i.e. CA vs a state like GA)
Why is Matthew Dowd, an intellectual property and appellate lawyer the one representing the Meitiv family? Shouldn't it be a civil lawyer?
Matthew J. Dowd - Wiley Rein LLP - bio
As far as the personality aspect of it goes I'm an ISTP, but I have no issues with public speaking, and especially at work I like to be intellectually challenged (I can always have sensory experience in my free-time playing sports and doing outdoor stuff). I might have problems if I had to deal with a client that makes it more difficult for me to represent them by either not adhering to my counsel or attempting to conceal relevant information from me. Do these happen often? Perhaps more so in particular specialties like criminal defense?
Finally is there any specialty that gets to constantly keep the State in check and defend individual freedoms... like the Maryland case, or is that more of a once in a lifetime type case? I'm curious because I would fight to the death on a case like that