Always Credited wrote:
I am going to a school that most of you anti-law school folks would say makes me "screwed." But I did exactly what AC just said: I picked my school based on personal goals. I took a sizeable scholarship at the best school in the city I most want to practice in, and I am going to bust my butt both inside and outside the classroom to make sure I find meaningful employment. I am going to join the local Inns of Court, the local ABA, and take advantage of every networking opportunity I can, and I'm going to show very early on that I want to be in that market. Am I going to Yale? No I'm not. But I picked a school that can and should help me accomplish my end goal, and if you think that is a poor decision, then I really don't know what to say to you.
This is what I did, worked for me. I mean sure, I don't have as much free time as I would like to bicth on the internet about how hard it is to find legal work, cause, um, I'm working right now
, and when I was not working I was working on trying to get work.
I can't say that's worked for everyone in my class, in fact my best friend, bless his heart, has no job a year after graduation. We had lunch on Wednesday, and he started in on how the school failed him, and I basically said STFU, you have applied for 10 jobs in the last year, 10, all from simplicity I know, because I proof read your cover letters for you.
So this morning I call him at eight AM, he's asleep. I'm like I got a project I can't do for another lawyer, a really well-known lawyer, if you do well on this gig it could lead to some steady contract work and possible a fulltime offer, here his number call him ASAP. His response? I'll call him around 11 after I get back from the gym. WTF. No forget it, I'm not risking my rep on your anymore.
I wish I could say my friend was not typical of many of the people I went to LS with. But he is. They lack drive, they lack desire, and they lack the basic common sense skills for finding or creating opportunities for themselves. Unless the school hands them a job most of this kids will fail.
Call it the shitty economy, call it what you want, but there is work out there, and you can make good money at it. The ABA reports 70% of lawyers work in firms with less that 50 employees, yet 90% of law students aim, research, and post stats about the top 250 law firms in the country. What happens when they don't get jobs at those firms? They have no clue what to do with themselves after that. Yes the legal economy sucks, but there still is legal work out there to be had, good paying work, if people just understood how to find it instead of waiting for it to be handed to them then bitch about it rather than being proactive, when it's not.
Also I'm billing TLS for this advice or marking it down as probono hours.