« on: May 16, 2010, 11:41:32 AM »
Are the 2010 Barbri books out now for those that are enrolled in Barbri? Searching Google for 2010 Barbri book only shows the 2009 edition.
What private sector fields are there where I would not be expected to do unethical things?
All of them.
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.
I think you should be able to score a paralegal position. Emphasize your strengths. Acknowledge, but do not dwell on your weaknesses. Your biggest strength is that you have a law degree. Most paralegals do not. Obviously, don't tell prospective employers that you remember nothing from law school. Get back up to speed a bit before applying. Why don't you review basic legal research and writing techniques? You can look over course outlines to refresh your memory of substantive law.
I recommend that you contact your school's career services office and ask for help. They may be able to help you get in contact with Alumni or with lawyers who have struggled with their own substance abuse issues and thus may be happy to help you out. Some sort of organization dealing with substance abuse might also be able to help -- for example AA, or whatever.
As to taking the bar and whatnot . . . why not just go one step at a time? Refresh your memory and get a job as a paralegal. Then you can think about becoming an attorney.