Ben Franklin wrote:
boblawlob wrote:And I'm not saying not having an "it factor" explains for the lack of jobs. You mistakenly negated my statement. Having an "it" factor is something no one realizes they have just like people not knowing if they will do well in law school or not.
I think that this is a major contributing factor to the dearth of employment among law grads. People mistake being able to get into/graduate from law school with being able to be an attorney. Just because you can pass law school and pass the bar doesn't mean you will be a good attorney. Learning law and practicing law are two very different things, and plenty of people go to law school who have no business being there.
You're missing a step. There's the getting into law school part, there's the being an attorney part, but you forget about the oh-so-important getting a job
part. Plenty of the un- and under-employed folks out there might make awesome lawyers, but they'll never get the chance because they can't find meaningful employment. Reasonable Man, a TTT graduate who has done awesome things outside of the biglaw realm, has a great post on what he calls "the club." If you don't get into the club, you're pretty much out of it forever. You basically seem to think "Well the cream always rises to the top" or some boomer bullshit, but in this law school game we play, some of the cream never even makes it in the cup.
And even if what you're saying is true, there's no way to know if you have "it" going into law school. Most everyone thinks they have what it takes, and most everyone thinks they'll get at least decent grades, but not everyone does. People should make this decision based on what will happen if they're an average student with average prospects from their school.
Honestly, this is a fairly offensive argument designed to blame the people who couldn't get jobs for being inept losers. I could form a line a mile long of recent graduates and current students, all of them bright and motivated and good people, who can't find jobs or who were no-offered or who got Lathamed. I love how you trudge in here with calls of "ELITISM!" like the other "rah rah fight the TLS power" turds, but I can't think of a more snobbish and douchey approach than to tell all the un- and under-employeds "You guys just don't have the it
." You're not just talking about a bunch of faceless nobodies; you're talking about my friends and many of the people here on TLS.