« on: October 17, 2009, 12:29:06 PM »
I'm 33, graduated law school in '05, at the bottom of my class. At the time I was battling substance abuse, which I have overcome since then. I never took the bar. Mostly worked low paying jobs not knowing what to do next. Now I'm seriously considering studying for and taking the summer bar. I was thinking about working a law related job until then, but all the jobs like paralegal or legal assistant seem to require experience, and I don't remember many things from law school, like research methods and citations. What are my chances of finding a law related job for the next year, and what kind of jobs do you think I may be qualified for? Temp jobs perhaps? Internship is out of the question because I got to pay bills.
Also, I was wondering what field of law to practice after I pass the bar. How is the job market for lawyers, and considering my circumstance, what should I expect? Because I literally graduated bottom of my class, so I will not be able to be picky about where I work. Perhaps my best bet might be government or nonprofit organizations for a while. What do you think?
I lost touch with all my friends from law school and college, and know very little about the legal profession for someone who graduated from law school, due to substance abuse.