AJRESQ wrote:I know there is a lot of beef between this place and places like JD Underground. I think the truth is somewhere in the middle (law is great for some, bad for others)
JDUers never said law is bad for everyone. I think even the most angry scambloggers would say that if you get into a top 10 school, that is a rational gamble and that you should probably go.
What I'm saying is, you can be successful from a TT or TTT or TTTT based on your market.
The odds are against at least 30 percent of all law school grads unless they are willing to work side jobs in a nonlegal field for years while building their lemonade stand of a practice. I know whereof I speak.
This is why I recommend practicing in an area where you have ties, because your friends, family, and social network will become a source of referrals for you.
They will be your only source of referrals, in many situations.
YES, there are many grads who have made it solo in smaller markets. In fact, they are the only ones I know who have, save those who are black or hispanic and in an area where there is a large population of such.
But here is a very important and subtle point: these underserved, more rural areas, small or midsized cities, etc constitute a small percent of the population of america, relatively speaking, and so if all these jobless grads were to take your advice and move to these areas, this tidal wave of new lawyers would swamp the area and cause them to be even more saturated than the big cities.
It's called the 'turtles all the way down' logical fallacy.
Also, I want to add, I see where everyone who is anti-law school is coming from. In a tight market, it's easy to listen to all the law school "statistics", put a lot of $$$ into a legal education, and then find out all that's out there is document review.
As a lawyer who graduated from a TTT 2 years ago in the top 7 percent of my class, and who lives in a large metro, I would KILL to even get an interview for a doc review job. I have never even gotten a decent response for a lawyer job, even from the 100 or so resumes I sent out looking for contract work.
The most important things you need to know are this:
1) advertising does not work for legal clients, unless you have megabucks to spend.
Referrals are the only decent source for the most part.
2) there is a huge gulf between a lawyer with real training and experience and a law school grad who never has had a real law job.
3. The saturation really kicked in over the past 5 years. The advice that experienced lawyers have to give does not really apply to us.
Generally speaking if you are in a large metro area, you will have to work in some nonlegal night job or similar for a few years while your client base builds up to where you can live off of their referrals.
I am doing non-legal work now, pretty menial, low paying stuff. Could have done it right out of high school.