Coach wrote:I have a business degree. Been there, blah dah-dah. I'm a teacher, more because I coach H.S. football, but still. I have no desire to be big law, to go to a TTT or TTTT or Tx10... My wife is a paralegal and her small, insignificant firm literally can't give work away and yes, they have more than enough to do so. It's because there is a 'TLS attitude' and noone wants to lower themselves to do a divorce, custody, bankruptcy , etc. For these people, I'm glad the coffee biz is good... I was simply looking to hear from "the bottom." Thank you for your replies.
When all is said and done, counting everything from big law to small firms doing Chapter 7 bankruptcies, there are at best 20,000 new legal jobs a year (including the ones that open due to people retiring) and 45,000 new JDs. No matter how hard students try in school, no matter how much they network, no matter how much flexibility they have about where they work or whether they do big law or divorce law, all 45,000 cannot get a legal job. It is not about a lack of willingness to practice certain types of law. Sure, maybe some students stubbornly insist on only corporate law to their detriment, but most students without jobs are desperate and would jump on any job opportunity.
Has your wife's firm actually solicited applications from recent law grads by posting on local schools' job websites or something? I would be shocked if they had done that and had not received at least 20 times the number of applications compared to positions they need to fill.