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Regarding the need for ongoing educational efforts, here's an email from a recent graduate of one of New York's better law schools:
I wanted to inform you about another example of a lawyer at the top of the profession who is either totally clueless or actively lying about the state of the job market for recent grads. In the September/October 2012 edition of the New York State Bar Association's State Bar News, there is an article entitled "Moving ahead on legal education reform: NYSBA looks to raise the bar for the profession's next generation." In it, the past President of the NYSBA, Stephen B. Younger (who is a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler), is described as saying that "he does not believe the problem is that there are too many attorneys on the market, but that they are seeking positions in a limited number of areas. For example, [Younger] said, as a result of law school costs rising faster than salaries, young lawyers are eschewing jobs in lower-paying, high-need areas and seeking high-paying jobs to pay off their law school loans." This isn't a direct quote, so it's possible something could have been lost when Younger was paraphrased by the writer, but as written, the article certainly gives the impression that Younger is, at best, so clueless about the state of the market for entry-level attorneys that he thinks people are actually turning down paying jobs because they don't pay enough to allow them to service their loans, and at worst, knowingly peddling the lie that there are lower-paying attorney jobs available to keep the scam going.(I wasn't able to find the referenced article on line so I can't link to it). It never ceases to amaze me how people in this business simply make up whatever story suits their purpose of the moment. It's even more amazing that somebody like Younger probably believes what he's saying, even though he can't possibly have any evidence for the existence of a non-existent trend.
Speaking of evidence, a lawyer informs me that right here in the little town of Boulder this ad (salary: $32,000 [!] for a full-time litigation associate, experience preferred) generated more than 40 applications in less than a week, several from graduates of top law schools.