So getting back on track, this thread kind of terrifies me.
Yeah, biglaw is demanding that's for sure. Then again, what job can you think of that pays your north of 100k in your mid-20s that isn't really demanding? I guess you could invent facebook or be an heiress. I think it's good for threads like this to exist so people can get in their mind that, though the pay is nice, you really are going to be making some life trade offs and because of this you really should avoid the golden handcuffs. All the associates I know put that near the top of the list when it comes to advice for new associates. Don't structure your life in a way where you are dependent on that biglaw paycheck because maybe you don't want to live like that down the line but if you have big debt and you've just been paying the interest on your loans you may be stuck.
The moral of this thread to me is to pay off your debt ASAP by maintaining a quality of life just above that of a hobo so you are not shackled to the cruel mistress of biglaw for one second longer than you have to be
I can't agree more with your reasoning and conclusion. Every wise attorney mentor that I've talked with says that you'll be tempted after a long week to "treat yo self" with a new suit/Benz/prostitute. Resist that urge until you've paid off your loans.
I suppose that there's a counter argument that says you wouldn't be able to get through another terrible case without seeing that suit/Benz/prostitute at the end of the tunnel, but it seems like you'll be better off if you can resist that urge until you're in a better financial stage.
To that end, the people I see on threads/Reddit that are in BigLaw with little to no debt, seem to actually enjoy their work and are cool with the trade-off for the time being. It's when the debt monster is staring you down that makes life more stressful.