I have friends who have JD/MBA combos who get snapped up when they finish. Maybe its the combo, not the MBA itself.
Anyhow, I am not being picky. Pretty much from January -May and again from September -now, I put in applications EVERYWHERE. Large firms (even though I knew that was a stretch with my grades), small firms, medium sized firms, government--and, to correct you, I am actually interested in family law. I would take a family law job before anything, because that is where my interests lie.
Dallas is flooded not only with SMU grads, but grads of all other Texas law schools, including UT.
I would still have to disagree with you on the MBA/JD, at least in Dallas. An MBA in DFW is like gold. There are so many companies headquartered here. Law jobs in Dallas are hard to come by unless you have years of experience in a particular area. No experience + flooded market + bad economy = long job search.
And unemployment and underemployment (or no employment in the legal field) are two totally different things. If you take a job that pays ok, that has nothing to do with law, if you went to law school for the right reasons, there will still be a longing to practice law. Job dissatisfaction abounds. I know people who have jobs, but hate them because they are not legal jobs. But you have to do what you have to do to survive.
I'm not answering this question because I have answered it before. See my prior posts. The end.
A law degree is not a ticket to a permanent job. If you want a ticket to a permanent job, go get an MBA and learn Spanish. Or, get a Masters in Education.
I apologize if I offended you. It's just surprising that a top tier (or at least near top tier) school graduate AND the only law school's graduate in a big city such as Dallas would have probem finding employment.
May I ask if you're somewhat picky.....such as you're avoiding say, family law or certain type of law?
I think the unemployment rate among MBAs or at least beginner MBAs is much higher than JDs.