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I'm putting together a series of panels for 1Ls on what options they'll have for real-world practice, and I'd love to have some good (and, preferably, short) readings on various kinds of lawyering—some on big-firm practice, some on medium-firm, some on solo practice, some on government work, some on nonprofit, some on in-house, and so on.

I'm not looking either for puff pieces or for jeremiads (or for that matter satires, however funny); nor am I looking for practice tips or substantive legal analysis. Rather, I want something that will honestly and thoughtfully discuss for would-be lawyers the pluses and minuses—financial, intellectual, emotional, spiritual—of a particular kind of job. Any suggestions? Many thanks!