QandAphorism wrote:Judging by the rampant pessimism in this thread, I might change the title to "the unemployed lawyers player haters ball"
I have still have a career and will be pursuing a part time JD, which is why I might be a bit more positive than some of you. But with that said, I'm sure most of you hope you're at least a little wrong.
Good luck, seriously. I know how f'ed up things are out there for a lot of capable/educated people.
I'm definitely not hating broski. I've got a biglaw SA lined up for next semester. Two things that I love about TLS, and that I came to learn very early on before I applied to schools a few years ago, are brutal honesty and scathing opinion. Now, surely you weren't expecting an assault about the jorb market ITE. However, my friend, you asked for it with your posts in the first page of the thread (which clearly show us that you don't really know that much about lawl school OR non-legal hiring!).
One of the flaws in the legal education system that is coming to light, in part due to the guys from Vandy and the law school transparency project (which, I might add, just got some major street cred by a nod from USNEWS...can't find the article, and it's not the end of the law-school-black-box-employment-reporting-conspiracy-plague but it's a step in the right direction to removing the veil from the eyes of the unwitting, would-be-law-student who thinks a JD is a one-way ticket to a four star restaurant and a four car garage...whoa, long aside), is how higher education institutions like law schools perpetuate the half-truth that a law degree is a good thing. In part, it is, but for a vast majority, it isn't. If you don't spend any time in the blogosphere or ever pick up a copy of the american lawyer, national law journal, et. al, then this would sound like Portuguese to you.
Bottom line, OP, and for all those prospective 0Ls out there - do NOT be fooled that, just because you know a few people who found a nice career outside of law AFTER paying a fortune for the degree and essentially doing nothing with it, you might end up there too. FAR too many have failed.
The road to a successful career after law school is paved with the souls of the unwitting and tolled by by the liars that built it.