Monday, July 28, 2014

Too Many Lawyers -- Should We Cull the Herd?

Time to ask that question again (school starts soon!):
Ask Jason Fraser how many jobs he applied for after graduating from a St. Petersburg law school last year, and this is what he says:

“Maybe 10 or 20 when it was someplace I wanted to work. Maybe 50 when I started getting desperate.”

After searching as far afield as Ocala and Miami, Fraser finally landed a public defender’s post in Pasco County, north of Tampa, in June. But his months of job-hunting raise another question, one that nags at many in the legal profession:

Does Florida have too many lawyers?

Since 2000, the number of licensed attorneys in the state has swollen to 96,511 from 60,900. During the same period, five new law schools have opened, cranking out even more lawyers to join those bemoaning the diminished rewards of their chosen career. 
Ok, first let's congratulate Jason for getting the job he wanted the very most, right after his first 49 dream jobs fell through.

Hooray Pasco County?

(I'm kidding -- you will learn a lot and give back much to your clients and the community, so treat it like the golden opportunity it is.)

Second, who knew there was a law school in St. Pete?

I only know of the Dali museum and the circus camp, but if it's anything like those two places start popping mushrooms and talking torts!

Seriously, how often are stories like this recycled?  It feels like a summer shark scare ritual, which hits and fades and hits again just as students are getting ready to go back to school.

There are no guarantees in the law, and little job security in any profession.

Are things worse, better, or the same?

Who knows, but if you work hard and do your best you might just land your dream job -- once you've dreamt forty-nine days straight.

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Godwhacker said...

Wait until the AI attorneys come on line. Pervious waves of automation targeted manual laborers, leaving those who think for a living spared. That won't be the case with the next wave of automation. We will all soon be redundant to our own existence.

Anonymous said...

The stock photo is hilar.

Anonymous said...

That circus camp looks so cool!! Happy Monday, SFL. :)

Taylor Reaveley said...

I am an aspiring lawyer and want to know the statistics on finding a job after graduation from law school. I am getting ready to take the LSAT in the fall. I know the likely hood for a job is based off of you class rank. Where should i be ranked to get a good job out of law school?

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Anonymous said...

Stetson Law School is in Gulfport, which is adjacent to St. Pete.

Anonymous said...

That's not real school.

Anonymous said...

It's clearly gotten worse, particularly if you factor in the unconscionable debt law grads are saddled with upon finishing law school. Add that to the sad job market. Unless you can get into a top 10 law school (or are offered a substantial scholarship at a top 25 school), it just isn't worth it. Im tired of reading about these private, unranked law schools preying upon young people. The Above the Law blog writes about it almost daily, and it is sickening.

Anonymous said...

People in South Florida should not make "I've never heard of that law school" jokes.

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