An interesting discussion on Abovethelaw.com (ATL) breaks open a major problem. Low-income parents may be encouraging their children to embark on a career path leading to poverty. In her analysis of the Lawyers.com survey, ATL writer Staci Zaretsky points out that 80% of parents whose income is below $25,000 want their children to become lawyers.
The Lawyers.com survey of 1,001 found that 64% of parents hoped their children would enter the legal sector. That's despite the reality that, at least for now, it's a downsizing business. Of those indicating this dream, 80% were at the bottom of the food chain.
Obviously, there is a dangerous lag in information about career paths among the classes. Upscale parents know that their children will make a good living through becoming entrepreneurs or being employed in the fields of engineering, information technology, and math. Law had been fine, they know. But not any more.
A compelling pro bono project by lawyers and law firms looking to enhance their branding is to arrange town meetings in low-income neighborhoods and in schools and communicate the realities of the changing economy.