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:Ok, first let's congratulate Jason for getting the job he wanted the very most, right after his first 49 dream jobs fell through.
“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.
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.