What are the alternative choices for these history/political science majors who are not in demand at all in today's job market?
"You know what they call the guy who graduated at the bottom of his class from the worst ranked law school in the country? Attorney at law."
I realize my anecdotes don't hold much water amongst the naysayers, but the truth is there are plenty of stories of people "beating the odds".It also depends on what you want to do with your life. You can either go into things expecting the worst or you can remain optimistic and plug away. I choose to remain optimistic and plug away. I know far too many people who went to low ranked schools who make a terrific living, just like I know too many people who went to high ranked schools who landed six figure jobs out of law school, worked 80 hours a week, and burned out. I've heard LOADS of stories about people who burned out within 2 years of leaving law school and left the profession.Also, it might be helpful to remember that the boomers are starting to retire. As they leave the work force, there will be openings and someone will have to fill in the gaps.It might also behoove people to think about this: people have been trashing low ranked schools for decades and insisting that people who graduate from them will never find work and drown in debt. Oddly enough, they were mostly wrong then and I believe are mostly wrong now.At my low ranked law school, we have a wall of fame of sorts. Graduates include current and former State's Attorney's, politicians, judges, principals at major law firms, prominent businessmen and women, and a surprising number of US Attorney's. All from a law school that most posters claim leaves graduates destitute and without job prospects.Sure, folks who graduate from high ranked schools have some great opportunities, but don't count out those of us who go to lower ranked schools either. I've literally witnessed lawyers with degrees from "TTT" schools wipe the courtroom floors with lawyers from UCLA, Georgetown, Harvard, and Yale (admittedly, I've also seen the reverse).My dear old dad always says: "You know what they call the guy who graduated at the bottom of his class from the worst ranked law school in the country? Attorney at law."
This is the greatest time to open new firms, lots of people need attorneys and many are going to use local, low cost attorneys over big firms. I know SEVERAL people who have rented small buildings and started their own firms and all are doing very well for themselves. These people all went to tier 3 schools and made 75-80k net their first year out working for themselves. Now two of these same people are so busy from word of mouth and small amounts of advertising that they have actually hired another attorneys to work for them. Also, when you run your own business you are able to form a llc and pay yourself a very small salary which will allow you to pay the minimum amount on student loans. Eventually the debt will be forgiven and all will be good.