We're not going to be licensed anywhere until November at the earliest. Why would anyone throw in the towel now?
What's a law license got to do with anything? The bar exam/license "shtick" is a complete joke- the exam is so watered-down and easy that it's akin to fogging up a mirror or passing a test on how to operate a light switch. Pass rates for first time takers in most states are north of 90%, and over 3/4 of the kids from even TTTT schools get thru it w/ no problem. It is certainly nothing special to be an admitted attorney, that's for sure. In my list of life "accomplishments", I personally rank passing the NY bar up there with getting my driver's license or turning age 21.
Hell, I even got a gig in 2008 grading the damn things for $10 a blue book. I used to read them on the subway after work and spent all of 30 seconds a book looking for "buzzwords" and such, which is really all the damn thing is. If you score over a certain # on the MBE, your essays don't even get read, and that's a fact.
Feature this: The reality, whether you choose to accept it now, in a years time, or perhaps never, is that a lottery drawing was held. Your ticket did not have the winning numbers. No matter how many times you compare your ticket to the winning digits, they simply will not match up. The best you can do now is limp along in temp gigs/doc review or some dreadful shitlaw office for 40 K a year until you come up with Plan B for a career. By and large, law is a "career" of yesterday, a dinosaur that has/is being replaced by online form shops, coder-bots, and other cheaper and more efficient alternatives.
Will Legalzoom and other google-doc type forms replace lawyers? No. But will they serve as a decent alternative for those who truly do need lawyers but lack the ability to pay? In most cases, yes. As I've said multiple times, law students have a terrible habit of confusing the "need" for legal services with the real query, which is "need+ability to pay."
Case in point- I was referred a potential client 2 days ago who was recently fired from a large chain drugstore in NYC. There were allegations at the time of his termination that he made physical & verbal threats to his boss. He got a call on Monday from an NYPD detective who wanted him to come into the station for questioning on the following 'volunatry' basis: Come in or I'll get an arrest warrant sworn out for the incident, which apparently has a supporting witness to same (probably another employee).
I told him I'd rep. him during the police interview for a $200 fee, and take a look at what evidence there really was here. After 20 minutes of begging me to do it for free, he said he was going to get the $$$ from his aunt.
He called me the next day and said he had the $$$ and to meet him outside the precinct at 3 pm. I did, and I asked for the $$$ upfront. He hemmed and hawed, said he was gonna stop by his aunts as soon as we got done, etc. I told him "no deal- you get the money now or you go up there alone." He got very angry and then threatened ME, then wandered off to "hit an ATM."
20 mins later and he never came back, so I bounced. This, kids, is the reality of small law practice circa 2012. Godspeed.