Capturing every bit of financial, emotional and spiritual woe related to lawyer unemployment/underemployment has evolved into guaranteed clickbait. One of the most recent postings in that niche is Paul Campos' article on the lousy compensation generated by a solo practice.
An unintended side effect of the media coverage is that distressed lawyers, still in shock by the changes in the legal marketplace, become deer in that media spotlight. They can't stop staring. Consequently, they are unable to take the kind of action which could lead to success in another career path.
The default has become to frame themselves as victims of a cruel shift in demand/supply. That identity could doom them to harden into all-time losers. Already, some have labeled them as The Lost Generation.
If they looked away from The Horror, they would get it that there is no payoff in taking refuge in the pile-on of details of victimhood. For example, they might seek out interim help in a support group for those who are confused.
Many of those groups, such as Al-Anon, help with exiting the victimhood loop. They replace that mental model with, "Hey, you survived all that. Congratulations. Now, let's see what's next."
A displaced Baby Boomer lawyer in Eastern Connecticut has allowed herself to go around and around in the loop of self pity about no one valuing her experience and bias against the aging professional. Of course, she can't land decent-paying white-collar assignments. Forget the whole job thing. An exit strategy would be self-talk such as, "I got this far. It wasn't easy. I don't expect The Next to be easy either. But, I am a proven survivor."
An Al-Anon meme is: You can position yourself as Poor Me or you can rebrand as I'm a tough cookie who made it through all that.