The NALP documented a 4% uptick in the placement of 2017 JDs in jobs 10 months after graduation which required passage of the bar. That was good news, but it came with the warning that since applications to law school are up, soon enough a glut situation could overtake the legal sector.
Well, bad news has quickly followed that good news from NALP. The Labor Department documents that in July 2108, the legal sector lost 2,100 jobs. Here are more details from Scott Flaherty at Law.com.
But, for older lawyers, since the Crash in the legal sector in 2009, it's been difficult finding even contract assignments, at least those which pay when the lawyers assume they are worth. They have balked at $18 an hour.
A number of those I coach have taken Social Security "early," that is, at age 62. That has enabled them to stop hunting frantically for assignments and to create new sources of income. One is now managing an office instead of practicing law. Another is exploring if he can somehow develop a business giving guitar lessons. A third has become certified in teaching English as a second language.
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