Divining Legal Employment Trends: One Way for Law Students to Think About the Market Is to Think About Themselves
If you follow the legal press even casually, you’re likely to see quite different, and constantly shifting, views of the future market for lawyers. You can regularly find optimism and pessimism in a sort of perpetual point/counterpoint. For those in law school and those thinking about entering law school, what are you to make of all this?
Better Job Prospects for Entering Law School Students? A Medium-Term View of the Legal Employment Market
In response to the Am Law Daily's report earlier in June that the legal industry has lost approximately 22,000 jobs since May 2009, a comment from Gordon asked, “What does this mean for me? I will be a 1L in the fall. By the time I graduate in 2013, will the legal sector be back on its feet?” Although the medium-term of three and four years can’t be predicted easily, there are general market historical patterns that, when linked with less historical assumptions, can produce an informed opinion: 2013-14 law school graduates are more likely than not to find themselves much better-positioned than 2009 and 2010 graduates.
You have to love the internet. If you’re looking for the spectacularly silly without a hint of self-reflection, you’ll find it, always joined by a cheering section of even greater silliness. Here’s an example, a discussion of techniques of LSAT takers to psych out other takers, on the principle that if the psych-ee does worse, the psych-er (or psych-o) will have done better. T-shirts? Offensive odors? The “Best Way to Distract Other Test-Takers”? Really?
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