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tmeehan25:
I've wanted to be a lawyer for a while now and I'm in my freshman year of college.A lot of people that are close to me have been telling me to not go into law  lately. They all say the job market for lawyers is tough nowadays and that it's too risky. While I realize that is true everywhere, do lawyers have better chances in smaller regions? More specifically the Scranton area with about 550,000 people.

livinglegend:
Frankly no matter what Industry you get into starting out will be tough. The reality is that anything worth having is a struggle and if you want to be a lawyer then go to law school. There are number of jobs for lawyers, but you have to go and get them the law is a tough profession and nothing will be handed to you.

As to your question often times in more rural areas legal work is easier to find as there is less competition. People at Harvard, Yale, Stanford etc are not likely to strive to work in Scranton nor are experienced attorneys typically looking to move to Scranton. The more rural you go the less lawyers will be around.

If you want to be a lawyer and have realistic expectations it can be a great career, I love it!

Good luck with whatever you decide and feel free to continue using this board.

livinglegend:
Frankly no matter what Industry you get into starting out will be tough. The reality is that anything worth having is a struggle and if you want to be a lawyer then go to law school. There are number of jobs for lawyers, but you have to go and get them the law is a tough profession and nothing will be handed to you.

As to your question often times in more rural areas legal work is easier to find as there is less competition. People at Harvard, Yale, Stanford etc are not likely to strive to work in Scranton nor are experienced attorneys typically looking to move to Scranton. The more rural you go the less lawyers will be around.

If you want to be a lawyer and have realistic expectations it can be a great career, I love it!

Good luck with whatever you decide and feel free to continue using this board.

Maintain FL 350:
I have no idea what the legal market is like in Scranton specifically, but here are some general rules that are applicable to just about everyone.

If you are realistic, motivated, and flexible you will likely find work. If you are unrealistic, inflexible, and feel entitled to a high starting salary you will unemployed for a long time.

It seems like many of the people who can't find work are unrealistic and inflexible. To them being a lawyer means working at a firm and making a big starting salary. They think that taking nickel and dime civil cases or DUI cases is beneath them. They don't realize that the litigation experience is invaluable and makes them far more marketable. They will be unemployed for a long time.

A lot of people also think they can rely on their pedigree to open doors. If you graduate from a truly elite school this is true. But don't be fooled into thinking that the #84 ranked law school is going to give you a significantly better shot at employment than the #103 ranked school. Once you get away from elite national schools, you really need to consider local reputation and local connections.

So, if you seek employment in a smaller market you have to understand that you will not be making big money (at least initially), and you will likely be doing stuff like child support modifications, possession charges, and DUIs. If you're OK with that, then it may be the right move.

Citylaw:
Right on point the reality is that in the legal profession just like everything else you have to pay your dues. When you graduate from law school and pass the bar you are minimally competent to practice law. They will not and should not put you on a Death Penalty Case right away.

I see junior Public Defender's and D.A's when I have to do Pitchess Motions all the time and they are terrible, but they are just starting out and have a lot to learn. I have seen a lot of them improve tremendously over the years, but it takes time and you have to be realistic with your expectations.

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