Anonymous User wrote:You know, when I started this topic I was hoping to get some chuckles.
And even though I have gotten some laughs, I've also had quite a few "Wow, WTF moments."
It's very disheartening to read about how naive/out-of-touch individuals are about the legal market.
Though, some of the worst/starkest things I've heard so far have come from when I was just hanging out at my school's main area, and overhearing 1Ls talk about jobs:
"I'll only work at [x] firm because they are the only ones with a good [x] practice."
"I'll only work at a big firm because I want to make a lot of money but only put in 40 hours a week."
"I want to go to a big firm so I can become an expert trial lawyer."
I can't remember ever being that naive as a 1L. But I should credit that to my old mentor who sat me down before I started and gave me a pretty accurate portrait of the legal market.
I agree, it's kind of depressing. I spent hours this summer trying to convince one of my best friend's little sister not to go to a TTT. She just wouldn't listen. And she had no good responses. It was basically "Yeah, I know it's bad out there, and I know my TTT isn't a good school. I just want to go and not retake the LSAT." I sent her links, argued about stats with her, told her how awful it is for all of my friends from my shitty school that actually does better than her TTT, and so on. I don't even think it's special snowflake syndrome. It's more or less a reckless, IDGAF, I'll deal with it later mentality.
The worst was she was banking on a family friend's <10 attorney firm hiring her. This firm didn't even pay her when she was interning there during UG, and the managing partner had previously told me that he was trying to shrink their firm by getting rid of a few associates.
The saddest thing is I've come to figure out that she's paying sticker and her parents can't afford to help her at all. It's like I'm watching someone willingly ruin their (financial) life by turning a blind eye.