« on: August 19, 2008, 05:01:55 PM »
This is exactly correct. The market is tough out there. I am Top 10% from a 40s T1 school and I'm having a difficult time. For me, complications occur because I have SA and pre-LS experience in real estate which is completely in the toilet right now and also because I moved to a different city than my law school.
I had an interview the other day (cross your fingers) for which the hiring attorney received over 100 resumes in response to the ad. I had an interview with the public defenders office for an "entry level" ADA position, but the job ended up going to a 5 yr experienced defense attorney who had to close his solo firm because of the financial problems.
The OPs post is right on. I've been able to make some head way recently through networking but its tough out there. One lesson is that 0Ls should know about this right now. I would not dissuade someone from attending law school if they think they want a career in law, but realize that the path to riches is more myth than reality.
Also surprising, its difficult to get a paralegal or non-legal job because everyone else thinks I will bolt once I pass the bar. I guess the myth of lawyer riches persists among outsiders as well.
Now, I'm sure we will all be doing fine five years from now. But think about taking out $160k in loans and having a difficult time finding a job for a year. Its a reality you should acknowledge right now.