Sometimes the only way in is sideways. That might be the way underemployed and unemployed JDs find their way to well-paying relatively secure jobs. And then maybe just maybe bounce back into the legal sector.
Some of displaced and never-placed JDs have considered picking up an MBA or even a medical degree. Perhaps they might consider South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. As Bloomberg explains, there is a growing demand for those who can mine commodities.
The median pay for graduates is not spectacular - $56,7000. But gaining experience in that industry could lead to finding a legal job in it or applying for law firms which serve the field of mining.