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Told you we're screwed.

We're the many, the sad, the Class of 2011. And ladies and gents, we are rock bottom, at least in terms of employment.

That being said, from the data released last week, any gains over last year were modest, and those were barely above the year before, so while 2011 may mark the low point for law graduates, 2013 is barely a hair better.

How bad is it? We'll have our fingers crossed for my dear brother, a member of the Class of 2017.

"2014 will be the year law schools begin to attack not only the quality issue -- that is the value proposition of a JD -- but also the affordability issue. Law schools will finally begin to attack their irrational and inequitable business model by taking on the heretofore unmentioned elephant in the room, the huge amounts spent on merit scholarships that drive tuition up paid by students who do not receive the scholarships."

Oh hey, Brooklyn Law School Dean Nick Allard. It's been awhile. When we last heard from the heavily indebted school's leader, he was making a number of optimistic (and some might argue, unrealistic) predictions for law schools in 2014. One of them was that schools will slash tuition rates (and by extension, merit scholarships).

Brooklyn just put its money where its predictions were. What were some of the reactions?

This is how far we've fallen.

And that's not meant as disrespect for either BARBRI or Save the Children, the sponsors of this contest. It's just ... when did finding a law job require one to enter a reality television-like contest, complete with online videos of the candidates and a popular vote?

In any case, the Internet will help determine three finalists who interview for a one-year fellowship as in-house counsel for the Save the Children nonprofit. Yes folks, you too can vote, so long as you do so before April 7, 2014.

Seventeen spots.

Just last year, we were speculating on how Washington and Lee was managing to thrive in an otherwise dismal market for law schools. Though most schools were plagued with plummeting enrollment and demand, my dear W&L accidently enrolled its largest class ever, thanks, it seemed, to a higher than expected yield rate (the percentage of students who accept the school's offer). Many were suggesting that the school's practice-based third-year curriculum was the reason for the spike in demand.

Plus, the school was riding high in the rankings, recovering from a dip that began with the recession (and purely coincidentally, my enrollment) to return to its perennial status as a mid-20s school.

Now, after a seventeen-spot decline, it's tied at 43. How?

In the latest episode of "Women and Body Shaming in the Legal Industry" we have a slide from a memo presented by Loyola Law School's externship director to law students, which Above the Law shared. It says, in relevant part: "I really don't need to mention that cleavage and stiletto heels are not appropriate office wear (outside of ridiculous lawyer TV shows), do I? Yet I'm getting complaints from supervisors ... "

Look, I'm not going say that I'm immune from this -- I've given my share of fashion advice on this blog (for summer associates, OCI interviews and office parties). But, I'd like to think I did it in a reasoned, low-key manner -- and oh yeah, this is a blog -- it's written in part for entertainment, and is not the same as advice from your school, employer, or judge for that matter.

In the spirit of Lent, a time of penitence and reflection, it's not too difficult to summon up a regret or two about law school.

With the benefit of hindsight, many things we were lacking in our law school experiences have become crystal clear. We know, it's all a part of a magical "Chicken Soup for the Soul"-type journey, but who really lives a life bereft of regret?

Reflecting on our own pasts, we offer up these ten of our crowdsourced regrets about going to law school:

It all started with a Wall Street Journal sidebar. In an article about employers asking for SAT scores, the Journal states:

"Law-school graduates generally have near-identical transcripts and little work experience. Quirky interests, such as 19th century French poetry or a stint as a sports team mascot, can differentiate candidates for law firms." (emphasis original)

The Legal Watchdog blog thinks this is stupid advice, and points out that class rank, GPA, and other means of dividing up a homogenous group are the things that matter.

Chalk this up to a lack of careful reading and/or unfamiliarity with law firm hiring models.

This morning, my Twitter blasted across a happy headline via a tweet: It's 2007 All Over Again For Law Students. Could it be? Will things be better for my dear brother (class of 2017)?

Legal. Market. Recovery.

Except, no, not really. Follow the source link to The Wall Street Journal and you'll find the source of the confusion: law firms aren't subjecting summer associate classes to firing squads, and, indeed, they are offering long-term gigs in pre-recession percentages.


Craigslist: it's no longer just for exploitative employers offering barista wages to barristers, it's also for pampering parents who would like to pay someone to hire their offspring.

Yes, you read that right. If you are a firm in the Orange County, California area (and presumably anywhere in the Los Angeles metropolitan area), this parent will subsidize his or her son's salary for any firm that will provide at least half-time work.

Maybe you're looking for a job. Have you looked at your LinkedIn lately?

C'mon now. This is an online resume, open-ended cover letter, and narrative of your professional life. Unless your name is John Doe, a web search for your name is going to turn up your LinkedIn almost immediately. This is your opportunity to provide something shiny, intelligent, and useful, so that your future employer doesn't dig further -- and find the Facebook page that you should have tweaked.

Enough babbling. Let's do some work.