mrman17 wrote:The problem is that law is not an industry that heavily encourages self-promotion
Actually this is 100% spot on. It's almost verbatim language of an appellate court decision regarding this very matter.
The only reason many US lawyers don't use the term "Dr." is because based on the OLD rules of professional ethics and lawyer advertising it was deemed to be self-promotion and likely to confuse potential clients as to the lawyers qualifications.
However, with the new rules on lawyer advertising it has become quite acceptable for a law school graduate to use the term Dr. if he/she so chooses. The biggest caveat, as someone mentioned, is when the word Dr. is used for a lawyer that handles medical malpractice-or a situation where a prospective client may be led to believe the lawyer possess medical education.
Clearly, those of you "LOLing" have yet to master the Rules of Professional Responsibility, and clearly have never actually practiced. Don't go solely by information you get on TLS--99.99% of the people on this board don't have a single day of qualified legal experience, let alone enough real-world experience to justify dolling out advice based on the legal profession as a whole.
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If you've got a C- overall GPA from a crappy school you're in a terrible position. If you've got a C- GPA as a 3L and perhaps a 3.0 or better as a 1L and 2L then you're in a slightly less crappy situation.
But I think it's safe to say the law firm life is not going to be in your future.
High quality government work (PD/DA/AUSA) is probably out as well.
Public interest work may focus slightly less on GPA but they do rely heavily on your background and commitment to do that type of work. If you're just now realizing as a 3L that you don't have the credentials to make it in corporate America most public interest jobs are not going to let you just fall back into their type of work. That's not to say you can't apply, but in many areas any public interest job worth taking is actually fairly competitive.
Perhaps you should consider looking into jobs that require a 4 year degree but deal with compliance, or require contracts or negotiations. Your legal knowledge could be helpful but is not necessary. Many large corporations have legal affairs department that offer positions for people that are not lawyers. You may have a slight leg up over people that only have a 4 year degree.