A Recent Graduate’s Ground-Level View of Law School and Legal Employment: Advise-In To Welcome Guest Blogger Ellen Branch

Advise-In is pleased to welcome Ellen Branch as a guest blogger later this week.  Ellen is a 2010 graduate of an east coast law school ranked between 51 and 100 by US News, and received her undergraduate degree from a well-known private college/university.

Two disclaimers:

  1. Ellen is not a current or former client of Advise-In.  Ellen may or may not talk about the quality of advice she has received over the years but she did not receive it from Advise-In.
  2. We have changed Ellen’s name and not specifically identified the schools she attended (and will keep certain other identifying information non-specific).  The reasons for that discretion will be obvious.

Ellen and her classmates are experiencing the current turmoil in the legal market at ground level.  They are the shock troops.  Ellen has an interesting story to tell about where she and her colleagues are, whether the advice she received on her way to—and in—law school prepared her for the current market, and how she and her colleagues are navigating this very challenging environment.

There are lessons in Ellen’s experience for people considering applying to law school, including the importance of getting high-quality advice from the start.  To say nothing of giving the rest of us—and a lot of recent graduates in situations similar to Ellen’s—a window on the emerging shape of the new world for most recent law school graduates. 

Of course, there is a lot of information available about the current market, some of which is contained on Advise-In’s website and on our blog.  I’ll continue to write about the market, as will others.  However, a lot of the available information about beginning lawyers searching for high-quality employment comes from people who are seeing the situation from 30,000 feet—they’re not actually looking for their first job as a lawyer.  Those who are sometimes post angry, frustrated messages, which have their place (but not here).  And it’s worth noting that Ellen is not a graduate of a “top 10” law school.  By rank, she attended a mid-tier school; her experiences and her expectations will, I hope, speak to many.  

What impresses me about Ellen is that she knows she is facing a challenging—and in many ways unprecedented—situation but is unceasingly optimistic and cheerful.  She’s also willing to try out a lot of things to put together a reasonable living (including doing guest blog posts, not a career path that her pre-law advisors or law school flagged to her when she began her law school career in 2007).  Her optimism and flexibility are admirable and Advise-In is pleased to host her.

Enough introduction; starting in a few days, Ellen will speak for herself.

~ by Kyle Pasewark at Advise-in Solutions on June 30, 2010.

One Response to “A Recent Graduate’s Ground-Level View of Law School and Legal Employment: Advise-In To Welcome Guest Blogger Ellen Branch”

  1. I’m looking forward to this blog because I’m thinking of applying to study for a law degree and would like to know a little about what to expect.

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