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Conspiracy Theory

Like everyone else, I enjoy a good conspiracy theory. Many o wallypancake01/11/19
More plausible than Mexico paying for a wall dingbat01/11/19
This is the harsh truth. If you are not ok with ID, small la mtbislife01/11/19
This: "It is bad for the small firm/small law field. To t wutwutwut01/11/19
Ludicrous. Plus, all those scenarios describe almost an jeffm01/11/19
I went to law school because I was going on my family's dime isthisit01/11/19
wallypancake (Jan 11, 2019 - 9:13 am)

Like everyone else, I enjoy a good conspiracy theory. Many of these theories are somehow connected to the CIA or the one-world government. I heard a different one recently: People go to law school because they believe that they will be successful, despite the odds. They will become corporate lawyers or the big fed prosecutor or the lawyer that somehow makes the big splash. They read the literature from the different law schools and how elite and powerful a law degree is. They read about alumni from their target law school who have become those types of lawyers or had success in politics or business. With their dreams about to become reality, they take the law school plunge.

In reality, a strong majority of those dreaming law school students will not become corporate lawyers or bigfed prosecutors or politicians etc. We now have several thousand law school graduates who are competing for the lower level jobs. Most of them will not find another mode of employment and will look to stay within the legal field. This leaves them trying to secure employment in civil litigation areas like PI and the like. With limited prospects, low pay, and thousands of law students, this may not be a good option.

The next consideration is starting a firm, either as a solo or with some law school buddies. This is a daunting idea and is probably not suitable for most people. Without skills and prospects, these people are at a loss. Nonetheless, with nothing to lose, many will strongly consider starting their own firm and fighting traffic tickets because they believe that they will learn the ropes and can eventually be very successful.

This is a difficult prospect for the current small firms. Some solo may be fighting tickets for 25 years and is in danger of being undercut by some newbies. It is bad for the small firm/small law field. To that end, they collude with the law schools and bigger firms to manufacture doc reviews to keep these people out of the small law world. These lawyers can now work on big, multi-million dollar cases attached to a big name firm. While the pay is bad and the conditions are putrid, they are not chasing $100 clients in small law and do not clutter the field.

I don't agree with the theory, though it is interesting. What say you JDU?

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dingbat (Jan 11, 2019 - 9:25 am)

More plausible than Mexico paying for a wall

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mtbislife (Jan 11, 2019 - 9:54 am)

This is the harsh truth. If you are not ok with ID, small law lit, or doc review then you need to leave law and start over. There are exceptions of course but this is definitely the norm.

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wutwutwut (Jan 11, 2019 - 10:29 am)

This:

"It is bad for the small firm/small law field. To that end, they collude with the law schools and bigger firms to manufacture doc reviews to keep these people out of the small law world."

is your "conspiracy theory"?

Small firms collude with law schools (how?) to "manufacture doc reviews"?

Same question (how?) on smalls colluding with bigs to manufacture doc reviews.

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jeffm (Jan 11, 2019 - 11:14 am)

Ludicrous.

Plus, all those scenarios describe almost any business. Take restaurants. Only a few grow into multi-franchise empires. The rest have to work long, hard hours like slugs to keep proper staff. The hours are long as hell. You'll have no life, so you sure better love serving people food. You better be able to get through day-after-day of the predictable, unreasonable or pi$$ed-off customers. They will always be there.

This would be the restaurant equivalent of $hitlaw.

Pick most other businesses, and there is a similar sliding scale.

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isthisit (Jan 11, 2019 - 11:35 am)

I went to law school because I was going on my family's dime and I wanted to make money.

I'm pretty stoked with the decision so far. I wish I had done something less stressful but it hasn't been a bad run so far. Class of 2014.

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