Why would a recent graduate of the Class of 2014, not show up in the job surveys as being in a law firm of 1 attorney?
They went to school, for three years, and graduated.
Now they are not working anywhere that shows up on the job numbers reports, just underemployed, unemployed or not reporting.
For those individuals, why are they not hanging up a shingle on the side of the their house, and answering the survey, "Law firm, 1 attorney"? Does putting up that shingle remove you from ongoing, if there are any, placement help from the law school?
If I give up 3 years of my life, and the only job I can get is taking your drink orders, I will be telling people I am a lawyer of 1, and trying to start something, if for nothing else, the chance to do random pro bono work and the experience. When someone at the drive thru says "Hey aren't you a lawyer?
I can easily think of several spin answers about wanting to help regular people and that I wasn't looking for the Big Law world, and here is your change.
I know when looking at the job numbers, we are looking for things like 100+, or the Federal Clerk positions, instead of State. I have a good idea on that stuff.
What I don't understand is why the law firm of 1 attorney isn't the lumping bucket of last resort, and no one in the unemployed.