A Slightly Somber Note

Well, I haven’t posted in a short while. As the reality of the legal industry seems to burrow in my brain like cystic tumor which is nearly impossible to remove even by the most skilled, I have beeen contemplating next steps. There are no easy answers. I noticed JD Underdog has come to terms with leaving the legal field.

The problem is, most fields aren’t doing that much better–which is why people STILL are fleeing to law school as an economic refuge. It is highly ironic to bear tens of thousands of dollars where there is no job awaiting in the vastly oversaturated legal field as a ‘good idea.’ Anyway, I digress. I wonder if things are truly over. Readers what have you been doing to survive, maneuver through or leave the legal field, I guess in some ways many people are forced out…

That’s what’s been going on, attempting not to be crushed by some stark realities. Of course everything is not about career…but in terms of this blog it is!


  1. LeftLaw&Glad Said:

    As long as Sallie Mae/the government, etc. doesn’t make me be a sh!tty solo practice lawyer for $30K (that’s about what you make) per year, I guess I am ok. Especially since everyone else from my generation is broke and on food stamps, too – LOL.

  2. Nando Said:

    It is bad in all industries. Those who will thrive economically are those with the right connections – often those born into the “right” circumstances; those who design some computer program or software that further leads to more outsourcing; and those who truly make it in a field such as professional sports or acting.

    The rest of us are mere serfs and pawns in the grand chessboard of life. PhD, MA, MS, MFA, MBA, MPA, MSCW, JD, BA, BS – it doesn’t matter. What is truly depressing is that this is NOT primarily due to the current state of the economy – despite what the economic cheerleaders/mainstream “economists” try to tell us.

    We are witnessing a fundamental re-structuring of the U.S. economy. Legions of Americans have no tangible skills, as they have instead taken on mortgage-sized (non-dischargeable) debt to learn theory and study academic papers. We also have a tiny manufacturing base in this country – so even those jobs are hard to get into.

    Remember, anything that can be done remotely WILL eventually be done overseas.

  3. Anonymous Said:

    Basically, at some point, our wages will be garnished by Sallie Mae and the other slaveowners on the government loan plantation. They’ll set the maximum of what you get to keep from your annual salary, whatever it is. And, that means they’ll, for the most part, determine your quality of life, unless you get lucky somewhere down the line. It is what it is.

    In exchange for that miserable circumstance, though, I still don’t think they can tell you which sector of the economy you look for work in. I guess law is not included on the list, and for obvious reasons; but, there’s kind of a license to just do whatever you feel like. Maybe your salary for your entire life is going to be $30,000/year. But, you get to choose what you do everyday to earn it.

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