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How to find a job in seven (not always easy) steps

The American Bar Association made news last week when its president, William Robinson, said in an interview: When I was going to law school . . . I sold my Corvair to make first-semester tuition and books for $330. Back in the 1960s, a brand-new Corvair sold for between $2,000 to $2,800. Robinson graduated from law school in 1971. Above the Law picked this up and ripped Robinson apart. They assumed Robinson's message was the struggling law student might have to "sell your luxury automobile to pay for law school." Clearly, Robinson leans a little closer to the 1 percent. (Above the Law's picture of Robinson, decked out in his three-piece suit and cufflinks, doesn't help his image in this regard.) If that wasn't enough, Robinson also said: It’s inconceivable to me that someone with a college education, or a graduate-level education, would not know before deciding to go to law school that the economy has declined over the last several years and that the job market out there is not as opportune as it might have been five, six, seven, eight years ago. This is a big image problem for the ABA. The media basically blame the ABA for failure to regulate the law schools and blame law schools because they have (allegedly) padded their employment statistics in an effort to convince prospective law students the law is a good career move. The impression from news reports of the ABA is it simply doesn't care. If Robinson is wrong, and the continuing influx of law students and lawyers is partially the fault of the law schools and the ABA, then it is not just the recent law students and law grads who suffer. If law schools are acting dishonestly, and if that dishonesty convinces higher numbers of people to attempt to attend law school, then the job market becomes more saturated, which hurts existing lawyers who need new employment. So, a lawyer looking to make a lateral move, a lawyer whose firm has let him go because of the economy and a lawyer wh0 just can't stand his current area of practice all will have a harder time finding that next job.

3 comments

  1. I sold my space shuttle to pay for law school.

  2. When the ABA president was going to law school, the ABA did not sanction the outsourcing of legal work to lawyers in foreign countries who have not attended law school in the United States or passed a Bar exam in the United States.

  3. Some of the decision to attend law school is based on greed and wanting a fabulous lifestyle. Some if its also based on low self esteem and wanting to enhance their personal image. Those who truly want a career helping others, generally don’t go to law school.

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