ReasonableNprudent wrote:Jcougs. My comment was a little snide. You've mostly been pretty congenial with even temperament. I actually applaud you for keeping an even tone even when people outright ridicule you.
I do think you could benefit from a life-coach of some sort, though. Even a positive mentor would be helpful.
I believe it would be in your best interest to connect with someone positive, that has experienced some success. Then take notes and focus more on the solution than the problem. Grind, hustle, network, whatever. The point is to just sell yourself. Regardless of how hard it is out there I believe you will be unable to gen on a positive trajectory while reinforcing how hopeless it all is in your inner dialogue.
Will yourself to a better spot. Decide to make it happen.
Thanks, but I've already been trying this for four years. Like I said, I'm not really complaining about my own situation, since I think I actually have it better than a lot of people out there. My point here is basically to tell the other side of the story--the story that people run over by the legal industry are too self-conscious, embarrassed, or just exhausted to tell.
I keep having to re-re-re-remake this point on here again and again. My situation is far from unusual at any school outside the T13, and more usual than people think within it. Granted, my anecdotal evidence is a bit skewed because the people I meet at the "jobs" I've had have all suffered a similar fate, but the stats also bear my story out. Even at Tier 1 schools, around a third of the class is not a lawyer at all, and another third is working as a volunteer or in doc review/shitlaw. Since I fall into that middle third, I don't think I have it all that bad. At least I haven't been forced to move back in with my parents--which is also a fairly common outcome within Tier 1. Keep in mind, a lot of these "JD-required, FT, LT" jobs pay so little that the only way you can ever make any progress on your loan debt is to move back in with your parents while you work. I know a ton of people who actually moved back to their hometown to do this--including at least one editor-in-chief of a secondary law journal from a top-tier school.
The notion that I'm some exception or that I've done something uniquely wrong here--and thus my fate is somehow unusual--is completely bogus. This is a normal outcome from T1 schools (let alone TTTs), and the raw numbers suggest that no matter how hard people try, a high percentage of people will end up like this.
Some people simply don't like hearing about this, so they make this thread about only me to distract themselves from the bleak reality that most likely awaits them or makes them feel uncomfortable or whatever. Well, good luck with that, I guess.