I'm not the only one who thought ELS 2011 students have a sense of entitlement and should get over it: http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/ ... s_to_get_/ http://abovethelaw.com/2011/05/possibly ... eech-ever/
Emory University law professor Sara Stadler thinks law grads need to stop coveting high-paying jobs that just aren’t available. And she said so in a commencement speech earlier this month.
"Get over it,” Stadler told law grads. “The one thing standing in the way of happiness for many people is a sense of entitlement." The Fulton County Daily Report covered the speech.
Stadler said many law grads don’t have jobs or didn’t get the job they wanted, and she wished she could change that, according to the story. But that doesn’t mean opportunities for happiness are lacking. "You might have to move to Nebraska,” Stadler said. “You might have to join a small firm where they don't make the big bucks.”
"You might also have to learn to be a giver, and not a taker. ... Givers tend to be happy people, on the whole. Takers are never satisfied. I want you to be satisfied with your professional lives. That's why I do this for a living. To look back later and say … look at the people I helped."
I wonder if she used my thread for inspiration. I hope she did!
I'm sure you'll hear this from the boomer generation every chance you get. I've already gotten used to it. I wish it were a more recent grad giving this speech. It's a lot easier for her to say the things she said. Regardless, the message is there.
And if anything, we should have heard this speech as 0Ls. Oh well, you 0Ls can have the benefit of it now. Your job market might be better but don't act like you deserve anything.