Then I think we are more or less in agreement. I feel rather strongly that law school does not prepare anyone for the practice of law - perhaps unlike you, I also do not believe that law school could EVER prepare anyone for the practice of law. This realization, coupled with my own sad-sack experiences as a junior associate, is actually what drove me to write my books. Working with junior associates is exhausting under the best of circumstances.Frankly, I shudder every time I hear of a fresh JD hanging a shingle.
I was thinking about that myself. Consider this: simply through being #3 or so of 550 students in my ABA paralegal program (and easily recognizable as the old bald dude with the goatee) has led to a handful of very powerful mentors, a paid internship that is much more like a LS summer associate position, and one or two whispered opportunities WHEN (not if) I finish law school?!?
These Junior Associates as you say are exhausting, because they have no idea what they are doing and I imagine I will not either. For 3 years and 100K you would think you would be entitled to know how to be moderately competent. However, as you said you shudder when you hear a fresh JD hangs their own shingle. attorney. Many lawyers and even yourself say that law school DOES NOT PREPARE YOU FOR THE PRACTICE OF LAW. With my limited amount of common sense I would think the point of law school is to learn how to be a lawyer.
A caveat to what you quoted from me. I really was not blowing my horn. I am a serious weenie when compared to some of the outstanding and experienced paralegals you mentioned. I used myself as an example of how is is really not impossible to network, even as a greenhorn, if you are open to it.I think many T-14 aspirants simply think the BIGLAW Tree will drop that golden apple right into their lap. That is just becoming more and more unrealistic. Those, like myself, who just will not make into a T-14, or maybe even a T-1 or 2 have to be VERY realistic heading into LS.....