There used to be two professions that always garnered respect and admiration: medical professionals and lawyers. Granted, there is a subset of people who say that lawyers are nothing more than glorified ambulance chasers, however when someone tells you that they are in law school or that they have a JD it sounds very impressive.
The fact of the matter is that today there are way more lawyers than there are open positions for them. There is currently a lawyer surplus in the United States.The New York Times reported that, based on estimated job openings between 2010 and 2015 and the amount of people who passed the bar exam in 2009, there were only three areas that did not have more lawyers than vacancies for lawyers: DC, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
My good friend is experiencing this hardship first hand. She is extremely smart and always had an interest in law. About 10 years after getting her Bachelor’s Degree, she decided to go to law school. She was Valedictorian of her graduating class. When it came time to find work as a professional attorney, there was nothing in her area available (and she has no desire to relocate to any of the three places that do not currently have a lawyer surplus). She has been using the NALP (National Association for Law Placement) and while they are being as helpful as they can, nothing has panned out for her.
In the meantime, in order to earn a living, she has stumbled upon internet marketing (with my help). Her hobby is collecting lalaloopsy dolls and she decided to blog about her collection and her new purchases. She makes videos showing the new dolls, she keeps up with all the latest lalaloopsy news, and she is genuinely passionate about the product. After she showed me all the blogging she’s been doing, I taught her some ways to earn money through advertisements on her site. Now she is actually starting to see a decent income from all of her blogging. So much so that she is rethinking becoming a lawyer at all!