Law Students and the Recession: The Frightened

by Vault Education Editors | July 01, 2009

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They say when the going gets tough, the tough get going.  But, sometimes, tough just isn't enough.  And no matter much support a student gets from the career services office or how many on-campus interviews she attends, she just can't get a job.  Despite even the most persistent efforts, the current state of the economy has left some students and recent graduates empty-handed in terms of job prospects. 

Optimists beware:  the following quotes from our Law School Student Survey aren't going to help you sleep at night.  Just remember that with the right amount of effort and strategy, prospects are still out there.

"I am graduating in spring 2009, and I have not been able to find a job.  Granted, the economy right now is a horrendous one to be job searching in.  Our career services office does provide counseling, but as I said, they are fairly useless.  They leave a lot up to students themselves, and really aren't much of a resource."

"Employment prospects are hard to analyze right now because of the recession.  Lots of students are moaning about the school's inability to follow through on promises of employment for those students who are not in the top 10 percent of the class."

"As with all schools, we are having quite a difficult time with employment right now.  We also have a severe problem with stability in our career services office."

"I have been out of school for approximately 11 months and have passed the bar exam and I am still looking for a job."

-Posted by Megan Cassidy

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