Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Welcome to your life...

Hey Boalties: the New York Times would like to give you a wonderfully depressing look at your future - here.

My favorite quote: "Forty-four percent of lawyers recently surveyed by the American Bar Association said they would not recommend the profession to a young person."

Now that's something we can include on our updated "UC Berkeley School of Law" brochures (which have been notably stripped of any reference to the word "Boalt"). I guess it may be a good thing law school feels like it ages you 10 years - we're not "young persons" anymore...

My response to the article: I can see how some lawyers 10+ years out of law school can feel duped, but given as much as this has been talked about over the past couple years (read: Loyola2L), does anyone currently in law school have a right to feel the same? I'd chalk that up to not reading N&B before applying to Boalt.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I haven't seen the actual survey the article refers to, keep in mind that the VAST majority of lawyers are not graduates of top schools like Boalt and don't have the same options as top grads. I probably wouldn't recommend law either if I were a Cooley grad working as a paralegal.

1/08/2008 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Has anyone ever received anything useful from "Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor" in an email? I'm thinking about flagging his address as spam. But maybe there is a reason to keep receiving them...?

1/08/2008 6:16 PM  
Blogger tj said...

I'm not sure that "whether a person has had a job before" is the primary correlate in this study. From what I've seen, I don't see that factor correlate with much at all...

I'd tend to agree with the prior comment (at 1:23) that the heavy correlate is exactly the L2L factor - non top-tier graduates who faced terrible job prospects with deteriorating job conditions (read: contract attorneys) for little to no pay when compared to their debt load.

Though I also have very little concern for those upset about a loss in "status."

1/08/2008 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or, the status conscious problem could be due to the fact that now that all of us who got blue ribbons and trophies growing up, whether or not we really won, keep expecting to be told how wonderful and important we are.

1/09/2008 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waaaaaaaa -- my pacifier doesn't taste good! L2L, et al -- quit your whining. Bunch of spoiled babies. What percentage of port-o-potty cleaners like their jobs? What percentage of Electric Chair manufacturers like their jobs? Waaaaaaaaaaa...if you can't stand the heat, then go work at Starbuck's.

1/09/2008 11:32 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

I always thought it was Porta-Potty. As in Portable Potty. Either way, we're probably losing prestige because of illiteracy.

1/09/2008 9:51 PM  

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