Don't take my word for it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released a finding that we're at the beginning of a lawyer job boom:
[T]here will be an estimated 157,700 new lawyer jobs this decade, an average of 15,770 new lawyer jobs a year.A lot of skeptics are going around the internet saying these findings are not good. For example, notorious scamblogger and pseudo-intellectual donkey chode Matt Leichter uses the word "dismal."
These folks simply don't understand lawyer job accounting. Sure, in the abstract there may be 40,000 law graduates vying for those 16,000 lawyer job openings, for a ratio of 2.5 law graduates to every job opening.
But, see, many of those graduates simply aren't cut out to be lawyers. If we had 40,000 job openings every year, lots of people who weren't meant to be lawyers would suddenly wind up being lawyers if for no other reason than to satisfy the perverters of justice who think everyone deserves a job for taking a morning shit like this is some communist daycare. Only a selfish asshole would want to heave unqualified people onto the market; yet, that is apparently exactly what certain "activists" would prefer with their "glum" and "dismal" language.
Instead, the world we have creates competition, that holy engine of capitalism. Only about the top third or so of law graduates can land good jobs in this wonderful world of ours. And that's great. Because let's be honest: no one wants to hire a 63rd percentile University of Tulsa alum. No, the only way to protect the lawyer-consuming public is to pump out way more graduates than actual jobs available to make sure that the people who wind up representing others are as qualified as possible. The winners in our world are battle-tested.
And that's why this lawyer outlook is so rosy. The bloodthirsty survivors - that hearty third who lands remunerative legal employment - will be well-placed to thrive, pay down loan debt, and enjoy multiyear careers fulfilling their lawyer fantasies.
But don't worry, prospective lemming, you will be in that top third if you work hard enough. If you don't wind up in the top third, you obviously didn't work hard enough and maybe aren't cut out to be a lawyer. I'm sure, though, that you'll be at the top of the class; you're a survivor, right?
Remember, even though only 1/3 of the class can land good jobs, everyone can be in that top 1/3. That's lawyer math, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 16,000 new jobs isn't a depressing limitation revealing the sheer absurdity in our legal education models; oh, no; it's a prize for the elite of the justice squad.
Do you have what it takes? That's rhetorical - we all know you do.