Where have all the Good Law jobs gone?

It’s been a long hard struggle to get good grades, burn the mid-night oil to pass the Bar and become a Lawyer. After what seems like an age of being buried under a mountain of Law Journals and case studies you emerge into the real world and realize that all that hard work was not quite enough! The slow economy, job and budget cuts have affected the availability of jobs even for Lawyers.

It is a time for shifting demands and people who have adapted to this new world are doing very well indeed. Lawyers who show an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to work for smaller Law firms are doing brisk business and building up a portfolio rich in experience. Right now the best advice is to follow the money.

This slow economy has resulted in a deluge of foreclosures on homes. Helping people at risk of losing their homes by defending homeowners in foreclosure cases is an area with a lot of work for lawyers. Today 23 states require Bank takeovers of homes to be approved by judges. Each client may not pay a lot but collectively there this is a large payoff, and if you are able to treat your client fairly and help them in their hour of need they are sure to come back to you in happier times.

The U.S. Government is another employer in need of lawyers. Working for the government does not mean working for the Justice Department alone; there are many modest agencies, and commissions, such as the Health Review Commission, that are hiring. It is believed that the law is amongst the top five areas of hiring need for the government, as each government agency has lawyers who take care of contracts, employment and regulatory law.  A job with the government is a great bet in this slow economy, and comes with the added perks of varied exposure and experience.

Also in need of Lawyers are the many people who have been laid off unfairly during this economic down turn. With the number of people filing age or minority discrimination suits against employers increasing exponentially this is another job where you help people in their time of need, gain experience, and hopefully a client who will remember you in better times as well.

4 Responses to “Where have all the Good Law jobs gone?”

  1. Magnolia Bonventre Says:

    And they’re Communist–Capitalist-! (Somehow we keep making the mistake of thinking that capitalism is a form of Gov’t. It’s not. It’s just an economic model – which doesn’t really work very well, all things considered-.) guild

  2. Francene Keogh Says:

    Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.-Einstein

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