« on: June 21, 2011, 05:33:47 PM »
Hamilton, I absolutely agree that the job market is tough. I'm not saying it's not and this is not a feeling. What I have found in the working world is people are not willing to take a job for less than a certain amount of money no matter how long they have been out of work. People will ask me all the time if there is a position available where I work. When I tell them yes, and they find out it pays, say $14 per hour, they are not interested. Even if they've been out of work for over two years, and had move back in with their parents, they can't see past the $14 an hour. They just don't see it as an opportunity to get their foot in the door somewhere. I'll typically hear, "I was making $40,000 at my old job" when they don't realize that companies are cutting back salaries in addition to jobs!! Instead they'll stay unemployed and complain and keep telling me how much they need a job.
As far as the legal profession, I'm also very aware that the market is dismal especially if you are a tier 3 or tier 4 grad, but everyone has individual goals. As an attorney, you can start working out of your home and put yourself on the public defenders list if you can't find a job. It may not be what you want to do and it may not pay much in the beginning, but what else can you do? At least you'll be out there meeting and working with other attorneys who may help you get a job in the future. In addition, you can volunteer time or intern at other firms to learn what you need to learn. That's what happened to my attorney friend who lost her job in Ohio as a real estate attorney in 2008. She was let go after only six months because the market was about to take a dive. What seemed like a horror story has turned into a successful solo practice. She didn't make much money in the beginning, but when she decided to go to law school, there was no recession in sight.
My point is, you never know what's going to happen when you graduate. You could have a job for a year and be let go. There is no such thing as job security no matter where you graduate from. If I had to wait tables and work a few hours for free at a firm to get experience to help support my solo practice because I couldn't find a job to help pay my student loans, then I would do it.