The adventures (and non-adventures) of a marginally seasoned attorney.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Unemployed is the New Thin

I'm not going to flat out tell you that the legal job market sucks right now. But if employment is something you think you might be interested in, you might want to steer clear of seeking lawyer work for a while.

Anyway, back in the early days of Incidental Justice, I made a list of career options in case this whole law thing fell through. And it's lookin' like that might happen right now. So let's take a look at my 2007 list and see if my alternative careers are still viable options:

  • Journalist - In case you didn't know, I have a degree in print journalism, AKA newspapers. Yep, I managed to get the one degree less likely to get me a job right now than a Juris Doctor.  I suppose I could put my journalistic skills to use by starting a political "news" blog, but if I were to do that, I'd have to make it a right-wing blog because those are the ones that seem to be getting the most steam these days. But it could be fun, spending my day screaming "SOCIALISM!" on the internets.  Plus, no one would expect me to fact check.
  • Housewife - Still can't cook.  Still can't clean.  Still don't date.  Still more likely that I'll wind up as a housewife than as a lawyer right now.  
  • Grad School Student - Hmm, this one's tricky.  As it stands, I can graduate from law school debt-free, wait around until I can find a legal job, and then do odd jobs in the meantime to survive.  OR, I can graduate from law school, go to grad school, do odd jobs in the meantime to survive, and then accrue $60,000 in student loan debts.  Cheap student football tickets are appealing, though.
Now, let me just say that I'm not bitter by the lack of jobs out there.  In fact, I'm not even annoyed by it.  However, I do enjoy eating, and having money makes this whole "buying food" thing a lot easier.  But no worries.  One of these days, someone is going to annoy the heck out of you. You're gonna wanna sue the pants off of them.  Or some other item of clothing that would be less awkward to remove.

Anyway, when that happens, just remember - I'm here for you.  Unless I marry rich.

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