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It Pays for Recent Law Grads to Pass the Bar

A new paper published in the Journal of Legal Education announces the interesting but ultimately unsurprising news that law grads who fail the bar never quite catch up in earnings to their classmates who pass. Soon-to-be grads can take this as just one more bit of motivation to stay awake in BarBri courses, or they can just pause and ask some further questions about the relevance of this new study to their lives.

As described in The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, the statistics used in the paper were difficult to come by, but too important to continue not to seek out. Initially, those that fail the bar "lag far behind their [passing] peers in areas such as earnings, job stability and marriage and divorce rates." However, by their mid-30's, those not passing the bar narrow the gap in earnings, but never close it entirely. The last statistical punch: between the ages of 30 and 39, non-passers surpass college grads who did not attend law school in earnings, but never do catch up to the passers.

Law Grad Quits Firm Job to Watch World Series

Despite decreasing pay and increasing demands, many law associates wouldn't give up their jobs until you ripped them from their cold, dead fingers. So why did Boris Briskin walk away from his job clerking at Rose, Klein & Marias, a law firm in Los Angeles?

So he could watch the Texas Rangers. "This is basically making my year right now," Briskin said.

Briskin, a Plano, Texas native weighed the options after his firm wouldn't give him time off for the World Series. Baseball or job? Ultimately, baseball won out. After all, Briskin has been a fan of the Rangers since he was 10 years old.

Boston College Law 3L: I Want my Money Back

Like many of his fellow grads around the country, the person at the center of this story will probably never get to be a greedy associate. Depending on your perspective, he may already fit the adjective, but associate? Not likely -- and that is just the problem. For one soon-to-be father and Boston College Law 3L, there is a solution to the problem of the terrible legal job market and the overwhelming likelihood of being saddled with a law school debt he can't pay: gimme my money back.

As picked up and reported on by Above the Law, one frustrated 3L has penned an open letter to the interim Dean of Boston College Law School, George D. Brown, politly requesting his money back. In the letter posted by EagleIOnline, in return, he says he will leave school without a degree. He claims this action will in turn benefit the law school by not (even minutely) lowering their employment stats to the detriment of their U.S. News Rankings. A quid pro quo if there ever was one.

Toasted Skin Syndrome: Laptop Addicts Beware

Note to self: sitting with a hot battery on my lap for hours at a time is a bad idea. In fact, demotolgists say, it can cause "toasted skin syndrome," a form of skin damage. Further, a medical report found that men who used laptops on their laps face a decrease in sperm production, potentially leading to infertility. Yikes!

The story profiled a law student from Virginia who had a mottled skin condition on her leg. Dr. Kimberly Salkey learned that the student worked with a laptop on her legs for six hours a day. The battery tested at 125 degrees, hot enough to cause skin damage after long exposure.