Noon-Thirty News 07/06/10

Posted in News on July 6th, 2010 by bl1y

What’s 300 – 300 – 600 – 3900?
[Law.com]

The answer: Legal job growth for May and June.

Initial reports had the legal sector growing by 300 jobs in May, but a recalculation not only took away that growth, but found 600 jobs had been lost.  June was worse, with the loss of 3,900 jobs.

In America It’s Called Soccer…
[Bitter Lawyer]

In the rest of the world, it’s called futball.

But, in law firms, it’s called “canceled vacation.”

More than two years ago I began planning a trip to see the World Cup in South Africa, and a little more than a year ago I cleared the trip with all the appropriate supervisors at my firm.

[...] A week ago, I was told I would have to cancel my trip because some work had come up.  But, not just any work, work for a department I’m not a part of.

Sounds like someone works for the Koman Coulibaly Legal Group.  Sorry bro.  Or, as they say in South Africa, “BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Kobayashi to Experience Different Hot Dog Eating Contest
[USA Today]

You may have heard over the weekend that Kobayashi, the amazing hot dog eater from Japan was not only not allowed to compete in the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog eating competition at Coney Island, but was arrested after climbing on stage in a last ditch effort to get into the competition.

Kobayashi spent one night in jail, and has been released after pleading not guilty to trespassing and resisting arrest.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas
[Above the Law]

So big in fact, that Texas needs yet another law school.  University of North Texas’s headline:

Opening a public law school at the right time in the right place.

FML, FYL, FAOLs

Feminist Profs Accidentally Discredit Selves
[Time Magazine via Feminist Law Profs Blog]

If you know many feminist professors, you’re probably familiar with the mantra that everything is caused by societal norms, and genetics have virtually nothing to do with anything.  …Except that gays are gay by nature, but there’s not a biological or chemical explanation to be discovered, so stop looking…

Well, the Feminist Law Prof’s Blog has posted a story about some (pretty ethically questionable) experiments involving hormone treatments given to pregnant women.  Turns out that differences in hormones can cause girls to behave like stereotypical girls, or to behave more like tom boys, and vice versa for boys.

Turns out that boys will be boys, and not that boys will be boys because we reward archetypical boyish behavior and reinforce such behavior through societal norms.

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Northwestern Market Trends

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8th, 2010 by bl1y

Kudos to Northwestern for publishing some fairly non-sugar coated information about the legal market.

Check out Northwestern’s Market Trends page here, and listen to Dean van Zandt discuss the legal market and salary reporting on the ABA Journal Podcast here.

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Reason Not to Go to Law School #42

Posted in Reasons Not to Go to Law School on April 28th, 2010 by bl1y

You will not get a big law job.

This year Northwestern sent the highest percentage of its students to the big law jobs almost all law students covet.  But, even at the top of the pack, Northwestern managed to secure these positions for only 56% of its students, and that number includes students who have seen their start dates deferred and might ultimately never start at a big firm.

Yes, we’re in a recession, and hiring is way down.  But, even in a great year, like 2008 where graduates had seen two massive pay increases during law school, the top school only got 71% of its grads into big law.  So, best case scenario, 71%, and that’s the best school in a top hiring year.  It’s all down hill from there.

Now, yes, not all students want to go into big law, and that affects the numbers.  A lucky few will land clerkships, and others will opt to do public interest work or go to a midsized or small firm, not out of necessity, but choice.  Still, the vast majority of law students want the big law job and the big law paycheck, and the odds on getting it just aren’t very high.

Unfortunately, there is not yet any sort of survey that compares the jobs students got to the jobs they would have preferred, so any survey is of only very limited utility.  I knew of two people from my graduating class who were unable to find work at a firm.  One of them, after about 40 OCI interviews didn’t manage to eke out a single callback.  That’s just the people I knew about, so there were undoubtedly many more.  This was at a top 5 school.

You may looking at your T3 school and thinking “Whatevs, I don’t want to work 3500 hours at Skadden or Cravath.  You can’t pay the loans with prestige.  I won’t look at the super-prestigious firms, hell, I won’t even look at the top 100!  Big-ish Law, here I come!”

The survey data doesn’t consider Big Law to be the mega-prestige houses, or even the AMLaw 100.  “Big Law” for these purposes are the largest 250 firms.  That’s like considering a “top law school” to be anyone in Tier 1 or 2, or Sarah Silverman to an HB10.

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