Letter to the Editor: March 30, 2012
Options for college graduates
Regarding “Suing school” (March 28th, 2012):
Ms. Jones’ article admirably concludes that no one is entitled to a job and that the rest is, indeed, up to you. My only concern is her analysis of the employment market for law school graduates, which is not comparable to the employment market for recent college graduates.
In response to seemingly limitless demand for their services from 2005-2007, major law firms hired deeper into the pool of legal talent, and suddenly graduates of law schools that did not traditionally feed into large corporate firms could receive a starting salary of $160,000 and extraordinary career opportunities. With the start of the Great Recession in 2008, in addition to mass layoffs at a number of firms, the hiring of young attorneys has dropped precipitously, and both selecting which law school to attend and applying for legal positions have required much more tactical forethought and research.
Ms. Jones has the right answer — knock on doors, get information and, one thing I will add, reach out to your fellow Princetonians in the alumni community for advice.
On April 3, I and a number of my fellow alumni will be speaking at Career Services on a panel entitled “What Kind of Law Will You Practice?” at 7 p.m. where we will address these and other questions. I strongly encourage students considering a legal career to join us.
Zach Goldstein ’05 is a project development and finance attorney at Baker Botts L.L.P.
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