Several days ago, I reported on the good times that are being felt in the associate ranks at large firms. But I commented that these good times are not evenly spread across the legal profession. Today, the WSJ underscored this point with a very sobering article about lawyers who graduate from less prestigious law schools (special thanks to my colleague Suzanne Howe, a regular contributor to this blog.) It seems that the legal profession is rapidly becoming a profession of haves and have-nots.
But for anyone reading this more solemn version of reality, I would offer the same career advice. Don’t pay too much attention to the headlines. While the article cites several prominent examples of law school graduates who are unable to land permanent legal jobs, this probably overstates the case. Most law school graduates do find legal employment and most are able to meet their debt obligations without living in poverty. More importantly, any one individual only needs one job. While it may be a tougher to find your place if you don’t have the academics, you can still be successful if you work at it! It just may take a little longer and require a few more steps.