Here is something to look at from our friends at National Jurist. This is from the November 2009 edition. I simply MUST include the entire “article” here – I couldn’t make this stuff up. (My comments appear in non-italic font.)
To anyone currently looking for a post-graduate job:
Submitted by Editors on Mon, 11/30/2009 - 8:39am
I don’t need to tell you that the economy stinks right now. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you’ve already shot out of bed a few nights from a, “I live at home with my parents again because I’m unemployable,” dream. Fret not, fellow 3L. Below are my four tips for coping with the stress of being not-yet-employed.
First of all, there are many recent graduates who are still unemployed. It is not a dream, or a nightmare. It is reality for legions of JDs.
I know it’s easier said than done, but you need to just chill out. Worrying will not get you a job. I have a feeling that when most of us are in our mid-forties, we’re all going to be wondering what our big rush to work was. Try to enjoy whatever time you have left as an adult who doesn’t have a full-time job.
Chill out and forget about your worries and impending student loan repayments, because three years of unemployment - or underemployment - wasn’t enough of a sacrifice. Should these people also travel to exotic locations (on credit, of course)? Also, when we are our in mid-40s, many of us will actually wonder, “What the hell was I thinking? I still have to pay another ten years before I pay off my student loans.”
2. Think of the alternatives.
Even if you are without job, have been deferred or have had an offer rescinded, at least you didn’t actually get fired. I’d rather know earlier than later that a company can’t afford to have me around. In my opinion, there’s no better place than school to be hiding out in during the recession. [Emphasis mine]
Great consolation! At least you can defer your student loan repayments, and watch helplessly as interest accrues and your loan amounts continue to grow. As far as “hiding out” goes, this comes across as something a 0L would say. Was this idea reinforced by your law school?! Also, wouldn't you rather know earlier than later that the U.S. lawyer market is over-saturated?
3. Work hard
Don’t let your job search get in the way of school. You’ve got one more semester to really make your grades shine or to enter that writing competition. Work your hardest, get great results and give employers another reason to hire you.
Yes, because legal employers really give a wet fart about writing competitions or whether a student gets a note published in the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology, or in the renowned Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review. Also, regarding your tips: relax or work hard – which is it, Jennifer? Plus, students' future in the law is mostly determined after first semester or first year grades.
4. Have some faith.
Whenever I start flipping out about my future (which is often these days), my parents always remind me of the wonderful Max Ehrmann quote: “The universe is unfolding as it should.” If you are networking your tail off, applying for jobs, sending out resumes and interviewing to the best of your ability, but to no avail, then you have to believe that a better opportunity is around the corner. Accept this difficulty as an experience in itself, and be open to life’s surprises.
Please save this “advice” for the hopelessly lost. We are not talking about gospel – we are talking about people’s investments going down the toilet. Have some faith?! Yes, because having faith and sticking your head in the sand pays the bills!! Can I also eat three cheeseburgers a day - while not working out - and get six pack abs?!
By Jennifer Pohlman, third year student at the University of Nebraska College of Law and student editor for The National Jurist
Essentially, this article comes down to this - “If you are unemployed and looking for a legal job, follow the above-listed, four easy, do-it-yourself steps, and things WILL work out for you." Are you kidding me?!?! Are you trying to induce a stroke, heartburn, high blood pressure, or a brain aneurism among your readers?
In the final, brutal analysis, this article has proved what I have said before about National Jurist, i.e. it is faith-promoting material. Furthermore, this article looks like a cheery, optimistic address given by a high school valedictorian, NOT an article by an editor of a national publication that purports to cover the legal industry. This piece is also harmful, in that it seeks to instill false hope in many. Pre-law students may see the editorial, and think that law school is a great place to ride out a recession. The reality is that the legal market will be further over-saturated in 3-4 years than it is now. Plus, more legal jobs will be outsourced to foreign attorneys and non-attorneys. See ABA "Ethics" Opinion 08-451.