Thanks all for the responses. My question was indeed posted genuinely. So lets assume (sorry, I know people hate this) one finished well enough in a reputable regional TTT to procure a shit-law job. Is said student (now "shit law" attorney) destined to a life of 45-60k and menial legal jobs while studs like ricking eat ramen noodles in condos with young co-eds? I know theres probably a million answers to this question, but what are some options for a "shit-law" attorney at a 2-10 person firm, after some substantial experience practicing?
From what I've gathered:
1) If you have to resort to contract doc review work to pay the bills, most firms see that as a huge black mark on your resume and you're pretty screwed in trying to find more permanent legal employment.
2) If you are a workhorse for a PI firm, the partner might just very well work you to death until you leave on your own (since there are many willing bodies to replace you). If that's the case, then you either bounce around low-paying options or you try to go solo (or try to start a small firm with other people you've met during this time).
3) If you are at a more legit small firm where there is room for upward growth, then it seems like you have the chance to increase your salary and become a more vital part of the firm.
I'm not really sure of which situation is more prevalent, #2 or #3. I'm inclined to think #2, just because there is so much more supply of young attorneys desperate for any sort of legal job these days. Maybe start looking through local small firms webpages to see if there are any younger partners and when they graduated from law school.
The big danger in TTT schools is more than just ended up at a small firm with a low salary--there is a very real danger of not being able to find any permanent legal job whatsoever. Law school is pretty much a risk for anyone minus people at Yale, with their LRAP of we-cover-everything-even-if-you decide-to-be-a-kindergarten-teacher-after-law-school (though I think they recently decided to make their LRAP not as good). That's why it's so important to stack the deck in your favor my getting the high LSAT you can and attending a school that has strong placement in the area you want to work (and minimizing debt).