As R-N acceptances are now rolling in, I feel this would be a good time to re-cap the NJ/NY legal job "market" that awaits you barristers-to-be. Please read each of the links below, and honestly ask yourself if wasting 3 years at a mediocre schools like R-N really makes any sense. First of all, the NJ AG's office has a permanent hiring freeze and has admitted lawyers working as volunteers
:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/stor ... =121274655
(Note that over 100 people were vying to work for free- all of them licensed NJ attorneys).Next, we have massive, historic NJ Legal Aid cuts:http://articles.philly.com/2010-08-14/n ... ewer-cases
(S. Jersey to lay off 1/4 of the attorneys in 2011. Doesn't sound like public interest is exactly "booming.")Camden poised to cut 18 assistant prosecutors:http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011/0 ... posit.html
(and don't say "this doesn't affect me as I don't want to work in Camden. It affects you b/c now the R-C grads will be vying for prosecutor gigs in other counties since Camden shitcanned the program. See how it works? It's called a "zero-sum" game).Hunterdon
also cutting back on prosecutors:http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-demo ... nty_p.html
(As an aside, these jobs are going because there's little to no political fallout for eliminating them. If you're a politician, do you cut fire, police, garbage pickup, or makework paper-churners in the legal department? Enough said).NJ's largest firm McCarter & English, just down the block from R-N, had a summer class last year (2010) of 0 people:http://abovethelaw.com/2009/08/canceled ... d-offices/Six other NJ firms eliminated summer programs, cut salaries, or both:http://www.lawjobs.com/newsandviews/Law ... hbxlogin=1
Doc review rates plunge to $25 an hour (and often far less) as this current craigslist ad shows:
(remember that temp jobs have no health benefits, no 401K, no paid time off, and no assurance of work from week to week).Crappy NJ Superior Court "clerkships" getting flooded with apps from even Ivy League schools, something never before seen since the program began:
Love this quote:
State Superior Court judges in New Jersey have seen a substantial jump in law clerk applicants — many from Ivy League schools all over the country — as big law firms cut back on hiring attorneys fresh out of law school.
“Over the last two years, I would say I’ve had four times as many applicants. And of those applicants, they’re all with superior grade averages of over 3.5 from law schools all over the country,” said McVeigh. “I normally get excellent resumes. But the volume of excellent resumes — even the quality — far surpasses anything I’ve ever seen. These are the kinds of applicants that would normally have gone to Supreme Court, or one of the large-starting-salary firms.”
Suffolk Law 3 L contemplates suicide online, agrees with scambloggers and regrets going to law school":
All of this and more awaits you guys, as the legal market continues to implode and bushels of unemployed JD's wrangle for the tiny amount of shitjobs available. Deciding not to attend law school will be a decision you're unlikely to ever regret.
Go ahead and trash me, ban me, and go back to deciding what color IKEA sofa to purchase for your dorm room. It won't change the fact that the legal market is gruesome beyond belief and getting worse and worse each year.