A lot of the scambloggers continue to harp on the employment numbers and the complete lack of jobs. I would think that would be enough to dissuade people who have any form of rational thinking in their decision making paradigm. I remember one of these "Beware the Ides of March" conversations I've had since I left law school with a bartender who was considering law school. After about 5 minutes of telling him what's actually going on, he thanked me said he had no idea and would not consider leaving his job, making more than about 99.9% of the law grads from my graduating year, for something that awful.
But let's think of it this way. Let's say we're totally wrong and you the plucky Zero Lemming will go to law school, pass the bar and make a great paycheck!!!! Congratulations!!!! You're the winner!!!!
Except for one small detail...you don't know what the practice of law is actually like in the real world.
What I feel like when I see a zero lemming, you tell me which kid I identify with here.
One of the points I've consistently made is that even IF the job market were reliable with jobs that could provide a living wage, your life is going to suck. Because the practice of law sucks.
Out of the hundreds of attorneys I know, have worked with, or have encountered, I can count the truly happy and fulfilled ones on a single hand. Everyone else burns out or quits and it's just a matter of time.
Regardless of specialty, school, or success---the meat grinder wears lawyers down. Even before the Great Recession, which by the way had little to nothing to do with the loss of legal jobs, the internal research was showing that the average lawyer quit their first job within 2 years and had left the "practice" of law within 10. The ones who stay in the practice do so out of a combination of necessity or a lack of imagination/courage.
I have a friend who has one of those jobs that all of the Zero Lemmings think they're going to get and the law schools love to talk about. Let's keep it anonymous. Big law firm in a major city making well over $150,000 a year. Guess what? Miserable and over worked. What do I mean overworked? I'm not talking oh god I had a long day doing doc review all day, I mean 20 hour days 5 or 6 days a week. My friend's plan is to do this until the debt is paid off and then looking for a second career. Total length of practice time at the big law firm? So far it's been about the same amount of time as it took to get the law degree.
But I am often disheartened by the fact that none of you idiots listen to people trying to help you. Whether it's family members, strangers, or other practicing attorneys we tried to warn you as best we can but you think you're going to be awesome. I feel like this is as close to being a crisis counselor as I'll ever get. Each of these conversations is a metaphor to someone standing on a bridge holding the emergency phone while I try to talk them back from the ledge. But rather than sounding depressed or morose they are so excited to hit the water.
You're not unique or special, you're a statistic. The kind of statistic scambloggers use to prove a point. You could be more, you should have been more, but you made a shitty decision for all the wrong reasons.
I've thought of a lot of structural changes that would need to happen for things to go well and to prevent this fate for so many, but I don't ever see it happening. The ABA certainly isn't going to do it. Paring down class sizes by the numbers that the schools are actually doing might touch on the overproduction in a few decades if they were all doing it until the numbers actually matched the need and the population. Besides it's in the schools economic interest to keep the scam going, it's way way too profitable as long as you idiots keep wanting to go. So that leaves it up to the individual. When I went to school there wasn't really even the term scamblog and you didn't have major media outlets questioning law school on a regular basis as they do today. I know I was someone who had no good reason to go to law school or have anything to do with the profession, but it's too late for me. You still have a chance you fucking imbeciles.
Dealing with Zero Lemmings is as if Scrooge just said "Fuck off," to the spirit of his dead partner who amazingly came back from the grave solely to save his quasi-friend. The whole reason why A Christmas Carol is amazing and has survived for so many years in so many adaptations is that most of us don't get a Marley moment, a second chance to avoid a terrible fate. Not for the Zero Lemming, they are the type who would have told Marley to Fuck Off. I'm done with you morons.
Till Next Time!!! Go Play a Nice Game of Hide and Go Fuck Yourself!!!