Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Spring Break and I'm Working on Accounting.

Day by day I'm looking less likely to ever work in the legal profession. I have gotten 2 call backs, and I have an interview next week.

It sounds messed up but it's kinda difficult to give it all up. I still plan to take the bar. When asked by the person I was speaking to about future employment today why I wanted to I really couldn't give any answer outside of "it would break my mom's heart if I didn't." Great answer.

3.15.07 Clarification: While re-reading this post it comes off negatively. I'm actually really excited about this possible job (the 2 call backs and interview are all for it).

10 comments:

Another Asian Law Student said...

funny - i was thinking of the same thing on my way back home from school today.

gluck on your interviews. at least you're almost done...

StephenB said...

I visited a law school this past weekend. It's a private school, so it's going to cost me through the nose. And if they told me once, they told me a thousand times It's more expensive, but it's worth it in the long run. Your employment opportunities are so much higher.

They were lying to me, right? I'm mortgaging my soul for a $100K education and I'm not going to be able to get it out of hock, right? Damn those crafty admissions counselors.

Elle Woods said...

Everyone who tells you law school is a good idea is lying.

AngryBell said...

Law school is always a terrible idea. On the other hand, the practice of law, being an attorney, is usually a good idea.

Everyone who is not in the top 5% of their class who doesn't have a job already lined up for them goes through this period. As stupid as it sounds, this will pass and you will find employment. It may not be at your first choice, but it will be at a place you want to be.

Good luck. Good luck on the bar.

Illegitimi non carborundum!

Anonymous said...

I had a professor who said that she would hunt down anyone who did not take the bar exam and hound them until they did. She said it was because even if you did not end up practicing law you would always have that to fall back on. So make that your reason to take the bar. Most law students don't get a job before graduating. And like the guy who posted before me said your first job may not be your first choice. But once you get some work experience and show how great of a lawyer you can be, getting the second job will be a lot easier. They also don't ask about grades after you have work experience.

The Gare Bear said...

Please take what I have to say in a positive way -- I want to be helpful, not "parenty"

Hang in there and be tough. I've been in court and I've seen what attorneys do to each other, clients of their opposing attorneys, the legal system, and juries. You have to be tough to be better than them. Your future clients need you to be tough. You be tough by not quitting, jumping through the hoops. Our legal system needs honest attorneys who can be tough, ethical, not jack the system around, and who are tough enough to get justice for those who have been injusticed. The little people out there need you. But you can't do it if you don't succeed. Your school, your future employers, your clients need the toughness. That's why they shit on you 20 times a day and see if you'll come back for more. I'm guessing that's what law school is all about and why the employment search is so hard.

That being said, I finally landed a position after looking 9 months and finding exactly 1 remote possibility. I'd like to say I was tough in keeping looking. What happened in the end was a neighbor who noticed that I cared about the world helped me get a position at the company he works for. I'll have to learn a new set of skills, but at least I'm still in science and technology -- which is my chosen field.

Keep studying, keep passing tests, be tough. I'm with you. Someone once said 90% of success is showing up. Keep showing up. You will succeed. You will excel. And when all is said and done, if you are ever a law school professor or have employees of your own, you can treat them like people instead of like you've been treated. And the world will be a better place.

The Gare Bear said...

Also, if I wasn't "parenty" enough already -- here's a thought to consider. If I was a professor, a potential employer, or a potential client and I happened to read your blog I would reach the conclusion that your attitude sucks. Is that what you want to portray? I realize that you are in a world of hurt right now, but a sucky attitude, especially one visible to the known world, isn't going to help you any. I want you to soar, not sink.

Elle Woods said...

Gare-My attitude here does suck, you are right. I have to let it out somewhere otherwise I'd be bitter and jaded all day everyday.

As far as my not working in the legal field, that's a choice I'm making, since I'm kinda realizing law might not be for me and I don't want to work 2 years at a firm only to have wasted that much more of my life. I'm not giving up-I just sent in a few resumes.

LawVibe.com said...

Focus on Spring Break... C'mon get your priorities in order! Geez.. lol

crash_esq said...

The biggest law career gurus, such as Kimm Walton, et. al., all recommend that you take and pass the Bar. It is easier to take the Bar now, freash out of law school, than 4 years in the future. Most employers see JD on your resume, and they expect you to do some legal advisement as part of your job.

I agree with the chorus on the legal field. What I was told coming out of lawschool that pushed me thorough the first rough 5 years was: "It doesn't matter how you did on the LSAT. It doesn't matter where you went to lawschool. It doesn't matter what your class rank was. It doesn't matter how many times it took you to pass the Bar. What does matter is that what was your last big case and how many clients can you bring to my firm."