socraticmethodman wrote:lsatextreme wrote:is it just me or does this look a little suspicious.
Sure, I get it, the legal market sucks cow testicles right now, but I can't help but feel this is some major trolling tactic to scare away future generations of lawyers.
I decided to finish the article, and I seriously can't make myself believe that it is real.
It may be real, it may be contrived. But it definitely could be real. I know more than one graduate of a TTT with top 15% grades that is approaching a year's worth of unemployment. One lives in Milwaukee with his parents and was happy to have recently gotten an interview for a clerk position for some small-town judge in Minnesota -- hours away from his family and friends, and pays less than $50K. I don't think he got the job though.
I'm not one to scoff at a $60K salary, either. Most people can't expect much more straight out of college, or even most graduate programs. There isn't a profession in the world where you can expect to make $160K without actually proving yourself in the work world. In medical school, you have to do residency, and in every other profession, you have to work your way up to that level. The real thing that's wrong with the whole law school process is the cost of tuition. Even with some scholarship money, it's a rip-off. Paying $40K/year to sit in a bunch of lecture halls where all the professor has to do is grade one exam is ridiculous. People wouldn't be jumping off of cliffs due to not getting an OCI job if law school tuition was in any way reflective of the value of a JD.