Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Never Mind That All The Document Review Has Been Outsourced, Ann Israel Tells NYC Unemployed Law Grad To "Stay Positive" And Go To Iraq
"It seems like Hester Prynne would have an easier time finding work right now wearing a scarlet letter A for her act of adultery than an attorney with a juris doctor degree from a low-ranked school on his or her resume.
But a lawyer newly admitted in New York and New Jersey who makes that complaint to legal consultant Ann Israel in a New York Lawyer column gets scant sympathy.
Rather than focusing on her 'obscene' law school debt and likelihood of a lower post-law-school salary, in real dollars, than she made in an interim think-tank position between college and law school, 'Hester' should pull up her socks and figure out what her best options are now, Israel advises. With her joint bar admissions, she certainly has some, both inside and outside the legal profession.
Among the practice possibilities to which Israel points is a gig in the military."