job prospects for public defenders or civil/real estate lawyers
January 26, 2009 10:25 PM Subscribe
I'm currently a sophomore in college. Will there be jobs for public defenders or civil/real estate lawyers by the time I would graduate law school, if I were to go to law school?
posted by goodbyebluemonday to Education (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've always wanted to pursue some altruistic career that would actually benefit society in some way. I thought my best option was research scientist, until I experienced a semester of semi-advanced physical science courses (organic chemistry, calc-based physics, ect.).
Although I did well in the courses (managed to maintain a 4.0), I was completely miserable all semester. I was not at all interested in the material and found it impossible to pay attention in class, so this meant that I had to devote disgustingly huge chunks of my own time to force-feeding the material to myself. When I actually had time to have fun, I was tired enough that I didn't feel like it. The only thing that got me through it was my ability to critically read the material and teach it to myself. (Also, I hated lab, and I didn't feel at all at home in the department.)
This semester, I decided to back off and take some general courses to see what else I may be interested in and to gain some general knowledge, if nothing else. I really enjoy my literature, history, and economics courses, plus I have more free time. This is partially because I have a lighter course load but also partially because I'm more suited for the kind of work involved.
Now I'm wondering if I could possibly pursue one of these subjects in undergrad and then attend law school. My grandpa was and my dad is a real estate/civil lawyer, working with mostly rural low-income clients. I feel that they do good work for people who need it, and although the salary isn't great, I feel that I had a perfectly comfortable childhood.
I think I would like to do the same kind of work. I'm not too worried about money, as long as I can make enough to live decently. I more concerned with things I've been hearing about the inability of many lawyers to find jobs at all. Just wondering what the prospects are for this kind of legal work.
(I apologize for the somewhat unecessary, extensive buildup.)