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I teach an undergraduate moot court class at a local university. Each year a handful of students ask me if they should attend law school. My response is always the same-I advise them to intern at a law firm. The sad truth is that the day to day work of a lawyer is far less exciting and glamorous than arguing a landmark case before the Supreme Court. The fact is we all can't be Thurgood Marshall and billable hours are king. I learned this lesson the hard way. After two years of practicing law, I transitioned into a non-legal career. I now work for a federal agency conducting compliance evaluations. Public service is a noble pursuit and my work life balance is much improved. For all you wannabe lawyers out there, attending law school is a big decision. It is a huge investment of your time, money, and resources. Choose wisely. Alyne M. Butland, Esq.

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