Down and out? Well, it’s not getting any better. In a prior post I submitted the quote: : “After just two years as an associate at a small firm in the District, Williams was laid off in November 2008. She assumed she would land another job within four months. When that didn’t happen, her brother mentioned seeing an ad that the Census Bureau was hiring.” [The Washington Post Carol Morello, Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 8, 2010 [ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/07/AR2010030702886.html?hpid=topnews ]
Basically, everyone who’se overeducated and overqualified will be competing for a job that those who are less educated, more likely to stay longer and probably have little to no student loans will be applying for. Did you ever think that qualifying for a Census Bureau clerk position would become so competitive? Although I think it may be difficult (personal security) to be a census worker, but with a possible benefit of helping attorneys learn social and coping skills in dealing with others (something that’s not learned in law school); let’s face reality, it doesn’t take 2 to 3 degrees to fulfill the role. Look at this NPR article:
Overeducated And Unemployed? Try The Census by Brian Naylor Check out NPR’s article
Ph.D. Turns Census Clerk Herman Kopecek is a would-be college professor who has taught history, philosophy and business ethics. But with teaching jobs hard to find, Kopecek and his Ph.D. are now working for the census. His job title?
See there? The more degrees you have doesn’t equal higher employment, better lifestyle, better personal finances. And you guys still have the audacity to still apply to law school? What are you thinking (*smack to the left side of your head*).
For those you have been thinking of moving abroad, I suggest that you do your research and understand that you won’t be practicing law ‘there’ either. As many more are becoming aware, it is evident that e-discovery tools are the next step in streamlining discovery and reducing firms’ overhead. In England, the existence of too many lawyers is burdening the taxpayers (no mention of barristers or solicitors suffering for student loan debt though):
Britain has too many lawyers… says justice chief (and lawyer) Jack Straw
By Steve Doughty
So for those who actually been contemplating and qualify to practice law in England and likely the rest of Europe, well it may be wise to reconsider.