For every whiny burnout who writes a blog post about how hard law school is or how much it sucks being a "lawyer," there is a fulfilled and happy practicing attorney who is passionate about what they do. Everyone is different. If you want to practice law, go to law school. It is as simple as that. Oooh it will mean a big loan. So what? Oooh it's hard. So what? If you are someone who stands down in the face of adversity, you are not cut out for it. If you don't have thick skin and can't take a punch to the gut, don't do this job. Honestly, right now you are too young to decide and your idea of what a lawyer is is probably too idealistic. Volunteer for a landlord tenant legal aid clinic or do some community organizing or get active in your community somehow. Watch a trial--pick the most boring one you can find and sit there and watch it. Go to a city council meeting. Go to your local criminal court and watch the morning arraignment calendar. Not like Law and Order, is it? Go sit in the trenches of this job and see if something gets you excited. Keep in mind "practicing law" is a very distinct concept from "being a lawyer". Practicing law means zealously representing your client. You are their advocate and counsel, no matter the odds and no matter the stakes. Someone right now is out there representing the person who assassinated Gabby Giffords and several others in Arizona. That lawyer is duty bound to be a staunch, unwavering, unflinching advocate--probably the only one in the universe--for the rights and legal best interests of someone everyone universally hates, reviles, and wants to see punished severely. Now, to me, that is an amazing and beautiful thing. To others it is completely absurd. That's what drew me into being passionate about this. Sometimes practicing law is a wonderful thing. Sometimes it is truly awful. Riding those waves can be fun, hard, and tremendously rewarding if it's something you want to do. Be honest with yourself and don't do something just because it's the easy choice. Don't be lazy. Many people foolishly believe that they are not being lazy when they go to a top 14 school and then get that "biglaw" job. They become bitter, resentful, and unhappy in that position, and these feelings are compounded by the hopeless feeling that they had to do that. These unhappy ones did not realize that they are, in fact, being lazy. It sounds crazy to them because they are working very hard, sometimes 90 to 100 hours a week, so being called lazy seems crazy and perhaps offensive. Why are they lazy? Because they are not doing what they want. Instead, they are doing what is expected of them by others, or they are merely doing the thing that presents itself as the easiest path of least resistance. Demand a career that you are passionate about doing. You want to wake up everyday not dreading getting out of bed and going to work. Down that path lies bitterness, waste, and sorrow young grasshopper.