As Supply of Law Grads Drops, More Struggle to Find Work

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With fewer people finishing law school each year, a greater proportion of them should be finding work. Instead, even nonlaw jobs are declining for recent grads.

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  • Anonymous JD

    How about the graduates who pass the bar and look for work in their field, only to discover there isn‘t any and then they start applying for those JD Advantage jobs and still no luck and then they start applying to anything and everything because they are that desperate and work! Lots of interviews, lots of "your an attorney, why would you want to work here?", lots of laughing at you, lots of scorn and a lot of "we can‘t hire or interview you but we are sure you have a bright future"....right. A future so bright that despite all the hard work to get the degree and pass the bar, for the first time ever in your life you are officially unemployable AND you can‘t even go back to school to change your degree because of the massive debt you have from law school. You, a person who has always prided themselves on working hard, and now no one wants you, they just laugh in your face. That‘s my story for the last 5 years but I feel certain I am unfortunately not alone. I too fell for the hook line and sinker of my law school about how I was going to get a good job, at least $70,000 a year to start with. That never happened and now it never will. The only saving grace in this is being in the IBR program and with my skills and understanding of the tax code, knowing how to legally help myself when the year of forgiveness looms near. The only legal work I have done is make my own will and advise family members for free. I anticipate never making another dime my entire life. This degree has turned a hard working contributing member of society into a dismal pariah.

  • Old guy

    Lawyers in the private sector are reluctant to retire, and they are living longer. This is part of the supply problem.

  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    Fewer freshly minted lawyers but still not enough lawyer jobs to go around? That should make clear to all that there are too many law schools (and still too many lawyers and lawsuits, but who‘s counting?). Might the Obama administration go after law schools, as it has for-profit colleges, for failing to deliver graduates into gainful employment? That was a rhetorical question, of course.

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