Monday, February 22, 2010

UM Law Student's Tale of Woe


University of Miami School of Law 3L Todd Sussman is about to graduate and isn't all that happy:

I'd always thought about becoming a lawyer, so I started applying to law schools and chose to attend the University of Miami. At first I hesitated to attend a private institution because of their high tuition rates especially in a city like Miami where life can be expensive, but I'm from South Florida and I wanted to be close to home. I wasn't sure how I would pay for it all so I looked into student loans. The financial aid office at UM was very helpful and was able to help me get the money I needed for tuition and living expenses while in school. I knew I would have to pay the money back eventually, but I thought about the earning potential I would have as a lawyer and didn't think I would have any problems paying those loans back. Unfortunately, my plan didn't involve an economic recession.

Now here I stand three months from graduating, $180,000 in debt and no prospects of a job after graduation. I've started reaching out to everyone I know in hopes of finding something to pay the bills after I graduate, but no luck so far.
This is a tough time to be entering the South Florida legal market, though we've been there a few times before.

Todd doesn't write about how he did in school, what he was doing over the summers, and what specific efforts he has made while in school to get a job.

I have to assume he didn't work at a BigLaw firm over the summer, so he's probably not going to be hired by one of them anytime soon.

(Not that they're doing so hot anyways -- H&K is reporting revenue down 10 percent and a 9 percent lawyer reduction with 70 layoffs).

That means hit the pavement, talk to the ham-and-schleppers, expand your options well beyond South Florida, look to teaching, part-time hourly, public service, and other alternatives to traditional post-grad legal entry positions.

Who knows, maybe one of you big-time machers who read this crappy blog will give Todd a hand?

28 comments:

  1. Obama made him take $180,000 in student loans?

    What a whiner!

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  2. me no "Big Time Macher" me "Ham & Schlepper"

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  3. I have a pro bono position in my firm immediately available...Todd can start tomorrow. Of course, complete compensation package will be based on the amount of revenue he generates from the pro bono clients who are assigned to him...in fact, because I am feeling particularly generous today, I am going to let him keep 100%, yes 100%, of that revenue.

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  4. Wasn't Wolf v. Sussman the name of that case about the ring we studied for about a semester in Elements?

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  5. OMG - Stotsky!!! Hot!!!

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  6. I recently graduated from a private S.Fla. law school as well. As an outsider to the legal community, given the fact that I had (have) no other family members who are lawyers, I planned ahead and interned and worked (for pocket change of course) in different offices in order to network and see what area of the law I was interested in pursuing. I'm currently employed with the same firm I clerked during law school. My advice to would-be law school applicants: do your homework BEFORE applying because a degree does not guarantee employment!!

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  7. Was it Butler v. Wolf Sussman, Justice Cardozo?

    I mostly remember the smart (and sweet) girls in my study group.

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  8. Elements -- what a load of crap.

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  9. If its hard to get a job from U of M, think how difficult it would be to get a job from Nova or St. Thomas.

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  10. Only UM alumni care who went to UM. If you are not applying for a job with a UM alumnus, you might as well have gone to FIU and paid 90% less.

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  11. dont fret, todd. you can make far more than 180k just from one case.

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  12. SFL had a "study" group indeed.

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  13. 6:33- He has all the pretty looking girls in his "study" group.

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  14. This guy's op-ed piece makes me embarrassed to have gone to UM Law. General complaining abounds at the bricks among both students and faculty - including a particular faculty blogger - and it's troubling that the rants have left the palm trees and arrived in a national blog.

    People already think UM Law houses professors and students with soft-porn tendencies, and now we've got Sussman's please-save-me whining.

    Here's a true story: I graduated a year before you, Sussman, and probably had poorer grades than you. I found a post-law-school job that pays me fairly, treats me well, and provides me with very good learning opportunities from senior attorneys by sticking around the company that hired me in 2L spring.

    Take this home: spend your time by following up on every job lead you know of, not by pitching your sob story to blogs that need more traffic. You're doing your part to further decrease our law school's reputation.

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  15. Most importantly despair that the Bench and Bar are bringing Justice Thomas of people to address us.

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  16. Insert "all," sorry!

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  17. @ 8:48

    That's solely to enhance Clarance's street cred. My nizzle will be thuggin wid luther and throwin up da U for donna

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  18. @ 8:48

    That's solely to enhance Clarance's street cred. My nizzle will be thuggin wid luther and throwin up da U for donna

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  19. 20th! Beeotches! A new record for the blog.

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  20. He needs A JOB and we spend most of our time trying to get out of our jobs. That's what 20 years slaving away will do to you.

    SHUMIE TIME RULES.

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  21. I am currently accepting applications for a position at my firm....who is the hottest um 3l coming out this spring, she has a job

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  22. The TRIALMASTER is interviewing for 3l students who are female and well put together as that helps with jury appeal. The TRIALMASTER Will be holding interviews in the Au Bon on Friday. Salary is negoitable. I can also provide a place to live and will tell you how to beat the Abed one in trial.

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  23. Sussman should get on the blog and explain himself. Sheesh!

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  24. I feel bad for the kid, but honestly, if you pay $180,000 for that University of Miami diploma, you might not be fit to practice anyway. $180,000???? That's Harvard money.

    There's little prestige that goes with the U of M north of Hillsboro Boulevard. I'm not a hater, I'm a Miami alum (B.A. 1995), but the facts are the facts. Why in the world would ANYONE borrow that kind of dough for a Miami degree? Even in the best case scenario - you graduated at the top of your class, you were editor of the law review, then you got hired by Weil Gotshal -- that absurd number would cripple you for years.

    Don't tell me he couldn't get in anywhere else. If he got into Miami there are probably 30 cheaper schools in the same tier.

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  25. Was Butler v. Wolf Sussman the pawnshop ring case?

    Or the bad ice cream case?

    Or the wagon-mill-screw case? No... that was definitely Hadley v. Baxendale... Def'ly.

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