Law School Got Real Unpopular Real Fast

Hamilton Nolan · 12/17/14 10:50AM

Here's an encouraging statistic: even though law school graduates now have a much better chance of getting a job than they did just a few years ago, the most recent U.S. law school class is the smallest one in 40 years. Are kids actually getting smarter?

It's Harder For Kiddie Lawyers to Get Rich Now

Hamilton Nolan · 10/13/14 03:32PM

Not too long ago, any half-bright young Ivy League whelp with a taste for fluorescent lighting and endless drudgery could get an entry-level lawyer job in a big city for a fat salary. Sadly, it's not quite so easy any more.

Law Offices Are Basically Slums Now

Hamilton Nolan · 07/16/12 09:32AM

As the entire legal profession has crumbled into little more than a white collar version of janitorial services, times have gotten tough—not just for recent law school grads, but for everyone unfortunate enough to work at a law firm. Naturally, the days of luxurious, opulent law firm offices are over. Uh... in favor of something better!

Law Firms Decide to Try Teaching Their Dumb Lawyers Stuff

Hamilton Nolan · 08/24/11 10:51AM

The classic corporate law firm business model involved hiring top law school grads and charging clients for their "work" these kids did, which involved learning how to be a lawyer, because of course recent law school grads are completely incompetent.

Law Firms Lose Their Last Fans

Hamilton Nolan · 08/12/11 10:35AM

As if lawyers didn't have enough to worry about, like the need to write angry comments on the internet when bloggers make fun of them: now companies don't even love law firms any more. God. Not companies!

Lawyers Can Now Be Ordered Like Pizzas

Hamilton Nolan · 06/17/11 11:13AM

Though we are loath to continue pointing out the myriad ways in which the practice of law has become a degrading wallow in the depths of human desperation, we will simply note—for those of you keeping score in your law-school-graduation-present moleskines—that, thanks to a handy new website that allows you to order up a lawyer at any time of day or night, the legal profession has, at long last, become just as respectable as the fast food profession:

That Lowly Temp Worker Is Probably a Lawyer

Hamilton Nolan · 06/15/11 12:06PM

Life as an American attorney these days is little more than a steady progression of more and more degrading news stories about the ever-declining status of your job, and, by extension, the rapid downward spiral of your worth as a human being. When we last checked in on the unfortunate underemployed would-be litigators, they were getting their own formerly outsourced jobs backsourced to them, at a fraction of the pay.

America Still Struggles With the Gap Between Rich and Poor Lawyers

Hamilton Nolan · 02/08/11 11:32AM

We've long known that the gap in wealth and earnings between the haves and the have-nots has the potential to undermine the very foundation of American society. We're referring, of course, exclusively to attorneys. The young bottom-of-the-food-chain document reviewers toiling for a meager pittance can scarcely behold the salaries of their superiors. And it's getting worse; the WSJ reports that "traditional notions of pay equity are falling by the wayside."