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Rob Davy: Waking Up, Smelling The Coffee--And The Law Books

For IT pro and self-described "people person" Rob Davy, 'It's not the economy, stupid.' Rather, his career change is a move to combine his analytical talents with his love of working with people.

Rob Davy is very satisfied in IT, and he likes his job as application and systems support analyst at gourmet coffee purveyor Tully Coffee Corp. in Seattle. But the 29-year-old wants more. Being an IT pro lets him deal with the logic of computers, but he wants something that will let him deal with what he calls the logic of life: reading the law. "I'm worried whether the average person will understand what they're entitled to," he says. "The law will let me interact deeply with people and the legal system."

His two best friends, recent law school grads, have had a strong influence on his decision. Now in his second year, Davy is working part time at Tully's, on a 32-hour workweek (which he says is usually 35 to 38 hours). Although he hasn't yet decided on which area of law to pursue, he has ruled out corporate. Criminal defense, civil litigation, property, and probate hold greater appeal.

Wherever he ends up, he imagines he'll also be the informal IT support expert for the firm, because "when nothing works, the law office goes into a complete uproar."

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