It's not easy, but landing a rewarding job — and paying the bills — can be done in today's job market.
Today, those considering attending law school hear a constant refrain: The job prospects for law graduates are not strong enough to
justify the cost of pursuing a legal education. Yet a recent controversial study, The Economic Value of a Law Degree, by Michael Simkovic and Frank McIntyre, shows that a law degree in the current market is worth 60 percent more than a typical college degree — up to $1
million more. Those in the camp who think law school is not a good investment are skeptical of these findings.
But this study and its critics all overlook one important fact: Thousands of lawyers across the United States are not in it for the money and never have been. What's more, many of these lawyers find their jobs incredibly rewarding and find that their law degree actually helps them change the world.
It's hard to put a monetary value on such power.
Lawyers across the country defend the accused, prosecute perpetrators of crime and counsel nonprofit organizations that are helping survivors of domestic violence and offering job training and other assistance to veterans. They can be found in national organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and in hundreds of local legal aid organizations
offering free legal assistance to those who cannot afford it. ...
Columnist Thomas Friedman of The New York Times writes that college graduates won't find a job; they will create it. This is no less true of law graduates interested in pursuing public interest careers. Finding — and funding — one's public interest dream job can be done, to
which thousands of public interest lawyers, solo practitioners, community lawyers and plaintiff-side employment lawyers who are out practicing in the world can attest. In the words of Billie Holiday: "Difficult can be done right now, the impossible will take a little while."
Changing the world will not come easy for these aspiring lawyers; it never has. But that shouldn't stop anyone from trying.