As readers of this blog (I know that there must be SOME of you out there) are aware, by profession I am an attorney. I kind of fell into it by default. I wasn't looking to be a lawyer, but given that I liked to talk alot and that becoming a history professor seemed to be an even more miserable career choice (the "publish or perish" routine seemed entirely not to my liking), I ended up in law school, and I have now been a practicing attorney for about 14 years.
Those who know me also know that I'm absolutely miserable doing what I do. Well, it turns out that I'm not alone. In fact, far from it: http://www.nd.edu/~ndmag/legl2f99.htm. Lawyers in general are miserable, and as the cliche goes, most would turn back the hands of time and pick something else to do if the could. Lord knows, I think that on a daily basis (many times a day, in fact), and I often lecture others who are preparing to march down the same path to nowhere that I took.
My message to anyone who reads this? DON'T GO TO LAW SCHOOL. If you do, go into a career field other than practicing law. It's simply not worth the price attorneys are asked to pay on a daily basis (and that's not even counting the daily public scorn that we receive). By the way, this is no way meant to be a pity play. Rather, I would just like to see some people not make the mistake of pursuing a career choice that does not reward those who follow it sufficiently to make the sacrifices worthwhile.