I haven't posted here in a while. I guess that is because there isn't much to say that hasn't already been said. I feel like I'm treading water, and barely at that.
I graduated law school in May of 2011. I have yet to find full-time, permanent employment. You know, like the kind I thought I'd find with a law degree. The J.D. is so versatile, after all. You can do almost anything with a J.D. In fact, you will do almost anything with a J.D.
I thought that investing in my education would create more stability. Boy, did I ever have that wrong. There is nothing "stable" about what I've been doing. I'm always looking, always networking, always applying.
I accepted another contract position back in May. This one is scheduled to last six months. The work is enjoyable, and money good. I'm actually really busy with this one. So busy, in fact, that I haven't been doing any work for other lawyers. That's a first. Previous to this, I was always working for several people at once.
I make a good bit more than I had been. Still, it's only a six month gig. It could be extended, I suppose. I hear such things sometimes are. But, then what? I can hold on for another six months and make it a year of employment? Then do I cross my finders and hope for a year and a half?
This won't last forever. That's the reality. It will end.
I'll be out beating the streets again. As if I ever stopped, right? Always be closing... Always.
It's been like this the last two years. Contract gigs. Nothing but contract gigs. I've managed to stay busy and build up my resume with actual legal experience. I'm way beyond listing law school achievements or law professors as references. I now have more professional (read: practicing lawyer) references than I can use. I guess that's an upside.
I shouldn't complain. I know some folks who have it worse than me.
Best of luck to all of you. To all of us.