Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wow... I May Hire Him as a House Servant Who Does Legal Favors for Friends.

Entry Level Attorney Willing to Work 4 Peanuts (Anywhere)
Date: 2009-10-27, 1:29AM EDT
Reply to: job-9kts3-1439406110@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]

I graduated from law school in 2003, but have barely practiced law aside from representing parties to real estate transactions. I would like to work for a small firm or solo practitioner and get some hands on training. Preferably in a firm that concentrates on at least a couple of the following areas of law: personal injury, bankruptcy, immigration, litigation, landlord/tenant and commercial transactions. I did very well in law school, am a quick learner and an excellent writer. I also work well with other people and can put in long hours. Additionally, I may even be able to bring in some business as well. I would not expect much salary, just enough to cover my basic living expenses. If interested, please email me and I will return my Resume. Thank you.

  • Location: Anywhere
  • Compensation: $24,000/yr
  • Telecommuting is ok.
  • This is a part-time job.
  • This is a contract job.
  • OK for recruiters to contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
It is so sad that a person who did well in law school, has no practical legal skills nearly a decade out of school. This person, unlike many lawyers who hang a shingle out and risk legal malpractice, is willing to admit that he does not know enough to practice. So, in addition to the money he paid for law school, he is willing to give up even more to have "skills that pay da bills." I am not a Socialist, but I often think of the European System of Education when I think about how to remedy the failings of our system. In Europe, the bachelor's degree is unnecessary. It is here too, but since it makes colleges tons of money, we haven't done away with it. Instead, you go directly to law school. Then you spend many years (while under the guise of being a student) focusing on training. So, by the time you are finished, you are ready to hit the ground running. For the life of me, I can't find anything on the web about this, but I have friends that studied over there and this is how it was explained to me. Instead of learning about laws written by men that died long ago, we should have more classes that focus on the practice of the law. IPOS, Real Estate Closings, Criminal Trials, Motion Practice, Will Drafting, Family Court Practice, etc. Then you could graduate with more than an instinct about the law. THEN you can hang a shingle.


  1. I have met a couple German law students. The job market seems pretty bleak there. The difference is that higher education is heavily subsidized by the state so you don't graduate with lots of debt.

    Really we should emulate the Israelis, where only the very top students get into law school in the first place. In America, we're too obsessed with giving every last person a chance. Making the cut earlier would result in a few people being unfairly excluded but we'd all be better off I think.

  2. Since I was a child, this trend you speak of has gotten worse. When I played soccer and softball in elementary school, one person would get an MVP award. Now, the whole fricking team gets a trophy because no one wants to be left out. We're trying to raise a generation of "winners" but not everyone can be a winner. It's not possible. As a result, the whole is fucked because everyone wants to be on top.



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