Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An Interlude: The Legal Job Market

As of December, California officially deemed me qualified to (a) draft discovery, (b) draft complaints, and (c) research legal issues and all for the wonderful wage of $10 an hour, a line on my resume, and a potentially 'outstanding' recommendation. Plus, I could have the pleasure of acting like a paralegal, too!
"Beverly Hills Law Firm looking for part-time recently licensed attorney or law school graduate to work on various collection and business litigation files. Work would consist of drafting subpoenas, organizing files, calling the court, drafting complaints, drafting discovery, and researching various legal issues, regarding real estate, business law and some entertainment cases. The position will be paid at $10.00 an hour. This job is essentially a resume build with great experience offered. Moreover, if you do a good job, you will be given an outstanding recommendation for your next job. Need to be able to start immediately. Thank you."
I'm really sick of private practitioners wanting to pay newly barred attorneys $2 above minimum wage. Of course, it's better than those who want to provide us with unpaid "internships" even though we are licensed. It's one thing if a non-profit is seeking volunteers, but retail jobs pay more than $10 an hour and they don't require you to think about the complexities of the tax structure.

Yeah, I'm a little annoyed. But you would be too if you lived with your parents at the age of 25, are unemployed, and someone offers to pay you $10 an hour to help pay off $144k in debt.


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