Students and Work Ethic

by David French

Last week I spoke to a group of idealistic young law students and encouraged them — in their first job out of law school — to “work like rabid dogs.” I don’t know how hard rabid dogs work, but I liked the mental image of a young lawyer literally foaming at the mouth in his effort to attack the next stack of discovery documents. Not surprisingly, I got more than a little resistance — mostly from students who accused me of putting work before family. Yet our choices are not so neat and binary.

Here is my (admittedly geeky) response: Are you a hobbit or a ranger?