Canof09 wrote:This might be 0L naivete, but it seems like, for 0Ls/1Ls anyway, that this isn't even worth worrying about at the moment due to how far in the future this would be. The economy looked drastically different 5-7 years ago, and it will probably look drastically different 5-7 years from today. Who knows what will be the "safe" practice area at that point? (Still crossing my fingers for international space law.)
I see what you are saying, but law isn't shit just because of the crash. Even in the boom days of 2006, lawyers will tell you the writing was on the wall. The industry is shifting and as F500s figure out exactly what they want to pay for in terms of legal services, firms will have to continue to adjust. These good or bad practice areas and industry hiring trends more represent the growing pains of finding a new normal than recovering from the recession.
But also a 0L
Being a lawyer has never been really great. You are always second fiddle to your clients. Its a service industry job - you shouldn't go into law because you want to make money or be important - no matter what level you are at, even the biggest rainmaker partner, you have to answer to every one of your clients. And your services are usually just a huge drain on the company, and given the competition and amount of lawyers, an easy line to negotiate down and nickel and dime over.
That being said, if you do well on the LSAT then its a way to jump into the upper middle class quickly (then hope you stay there).