On the other hand we have lawyers literally working for free, fleeing the country or diving into more education because they have no other options. seriously. wtf?
There has to be a middle ground. A significant amount of middle class Americans do not qualify for pro-bono legal services, which are already overwhelmed anyways and are only available in some areas. What is necessary are affordable legal services for middle class Americans. This would also provide jerbs to the thousands of unemployed graduates. I didn't write the article below, but I think it provides some good insight.
my fav quote (though it is from 1996, so kinda oldish):
the University of Maryland Law School, conducted a legal needs survey which found that "72 percent of Maryland's middle-class citizens... no longer contact a lawyer when faced with a legal problem"
EDIT: posted in employment section because I want to use this thread for TLSers to brainstorm on where/how these jobs could be found or created.