"Loss of Innocence" by Richard North Patterson is a useful read for displaced lawyers unable to leverage their background for making a living, in whatever. Here it can be ordered from Amazon. com.
Set in 1968, the novel captures the ethos of a tribe (Greenwich, Connecticut folks) with supposedly bullet-proof formulas for professional success. Of course, most of that comes undone.
But, that rigid approach is still being embraced by law students and displaced lawyers of all generations. There is an assumption that A will yield B. That might be framed as a tragic innocence.
The A includes the right schools, the right contacts, the right intensity of the work ethic and the right response to setbacks. Admittedly that might still get you in a few doors, initially. But in a marketplace disrupted by globalization and technology that formula has been blown into a billion pieces.
Yet, since most law students and lawyers have a risk-averse mindset, they don't know how to put together something else. The result: The media cover all those sadack cases of unemployed and underemployed lawyers, most in debt.
One solution is a clean sweep, of the assumptions. That can be accomplished by applying for and getting any menial kind of paid employment. No, no volunteering in the soup kitchen. To land that job you will have to configure your resume for the real world. To keep it you will have to live by your wits. At the top of the list is how not to be bullied by those who resent your education.
It was another novelist, Henry James, who fingered innocence as dangerous. Jaded Europeans ate American innocents alive.