The odds are against JDs staying in that first job.
What that first choice does, if it's in a high-rent location, is lock them into paying a half or more of their income to keep a roof over their head. Even those on an upward trajectory may never be able to afford to purchase a house.
The way to prevent that seventh layer of financial hell is to search for the first job in what Patricia Clark in BusinessInsider labels the "Rust Belt." There the standard of living is low enough that even Millennials can afford their first house. Those include:
- St. Louis
- Des Moines
- Grand Rapids.
An extra benefit of that strategy may be that you really will be able to get that first job, either practicing law or doing something related such as working for the state or a corporation. The competition is less intense. Those hiring tend to be open about what the applicants' strengths are versus operating from rigid set criteria.
To acquire my first good aka well-paying job I had to exit cool areas such as New York Metro and a university town like Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Pittsburgh, there wasn't a glut of my kind of talent. Yes, I did purchase a house. And, yes, I did relocate to the Washington D.C. region to be back in the big time. There I could not afford a house.