AntsInMyEyesJohnson wrote:It's bittersweet to see that this thread is back on topic, but since it is: what sorts jobs are Wash U grads getting in the St. Louis area? There's a decent amount of info on how Wash U does with Stl Biglaw, but what about outside of that?
Lots of people in my class are trying to cobble together 2-3 part-time jobs, doing doc review, or trying to start their own firms. A few have insurance defense jobs making $45K/year with 70 hour workweeks. Some managed to snag public defender/state DA jobs in the rural areas. Many have simply given up and gone back to school for something else, or gotten a job outside of law.
Local firms really don't like hiring people unless you grew up and went to high school here, especially kids from WUSTL, because your average WUSTL grad wants to get the hell out of St. Louis as fast as he or she can.
A lot of people are really desperate. I try and not let it get to me too much anymore. For the first two years after graduation, I regularly contemplated suicide due to the hopelessness of my situation, and the lack of help anyone from WUSTL or elsewhere could give me. I spend my first year in Illinois, so I was eligible for Medicaid there, so at least I had healthcare, but when I moved back here, Missouri's one of those states where the legislature refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, so if you have no kids, you're not eligible for Medicaid no matter how poor you were. I really needed to see a therapist, but I didn't have access to one. I used to feel personally responsible for my school debt (I grew up with these values--you're responsible for paying back your debts). I used to get really down on myself because I was a failure.
Now, I no longer give any fucks. The joke's on "them" (i.e. the Federal government for allowing the scam of law school to just continue without trying to stop it; and maybe eventually WUSTL when in 10 years people take a look at the accounting of these student loans and they realize that hardly anybody's going to pay this back, and somebody form the DOE starts screaming at them asking WTF they're doing--of course, this goes for most law schools). I just keep on chipping away at my 25-year repayment plan, making $0 payments month after month. Eventually, I'll be 60 years old and free of this burden, but I won't have a house or a family, cause I'll never be able to afford one. But then again, between now and then, Wall Street will probably again scam most of the American public out of the equity in their houses anyway, and shoveling snow and mowing the lawn sucks. It would be nice to have a family, though, eventually. But I doubt that will ever happen anymore.