« on: February 15, 2012, 09:18:30 AM »
I definitely agree that if you will fail miserably at a science or engineering major not to do it. I majored in English and did a minor in Spanish and Philosophy. I wish I'd worked harder at Spanish and then kept up my skills during law school. I also should have done a minor or double major in a business degree. It would have given me an edge and some know-how that I don't have now. I also could have done a jd/MBA at the same time which maybe could have opened up additional non-lawyer jobs.
I do want to emphasize that it is rough out there. Since graduating, I took and passed the bar, continued to work as a law clerk in a small firm who couldn't hire me as an attorney, did a fellowship with my city in the general counsel section, got an of counsel position with a national bad shitlaw debt settlement firm, did appearances for collections and other firms, practiced on my own in domestic relations (extremely difficult since I am a new attorney with no experience), did some work for solo practitioners, did contract doc review work, and FINALLY last fall, through luck, good timing, and perseverance landed a staff attorney position with a BIGLAW firm where I am working now.
Although a majority of my job now is doc review, I feel incredibly blessed and happy, bc the pay is good and the job is relatively secure. I'm hoping that this job will at least give me connections or make me look more desirable since it's a big and well known firm. I wouldn't mind continuing working in ediscovery, personally, but I know this would be a nightmare for many would be law students, current students, and current lawyers.
Also, even though it took so much work and fumbling around from one legal opportunity to another, I am a lot luckier than most of my law school peers (or at least in an equal position).
It takes a lot of moxie to be a new lawyer in this economy!