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  •  More substantially, yeah I've heard that (2+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, Ian H

    this is actually more of a software "problem" than an outsourcing issue, however.

    In that services that previously required a live lawyer can now be substititued by a $19.95 DVD that you pick up at Walmart.

    Oh the humanity.

    •  A few years ago, (3+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy, Ian H, Bright

      a friend of mine lost her job as a corporate attorney. In the long months she was unemployed, she considered signing on with an organization she heard about that was "a hybrid between a law firm and a temp agency." They pimp you out by the hour, to clients who need it, in other words.

      I fear this is the new standard.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 11:46:10 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, that sucks (3+ / 0-)
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        karmsy, Ian H, FG

        I actually know several lawyers, they are my wife's friend/acquaintances.

        And quite frankly, having come to know them, they are not totally evil

        OTOH, I don't see how they get off being totally miffed if they don't make $100K with "only" 19 years of education.

        the context being that in science, with 22 years of education (e.g., the average length to a PhD) the salary for a post-doc is something like $37K what with the flooding of the country with foreign post-docs.

        Of course, with the meager NIH support for science these days, the entire enterprise would be shut down w/o this source of cheap labor . ..

        •  Time was, (4+ / 0-)
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          you were told to "take lots of math courses in school and become an engineer, or go into the sciences." This was supposed to "make your degree worth more" when you graduated. Hah!

          What nobody wants to discuss, in the aftermath of the most recent recession, is that the job market has been getting steadily sicker for a long time. Decades. Following every "recovery" we've seen since 1980, there are significantly fewer living-wage jobs than existed before the downturn.

          It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

          by karmsy on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:04:40 PM PDT

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          •  Perhaps ironically, the most best paying (1+ / 0-)
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            jobs these days are in the trades.

            For example, I have a cousin-thrice-removed (if I'm getting the relationship correct) who quit school in the ninth grade and now works in environmental oil remediation (whatever that means) and makes something like $180K a year in the Bakken oil fields.

      •  My Lawyers Are Always (1+ / 0-)
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        independent contractors.  They maintain their own offices and staff.  They don't make a fortune but they make more than most people in the town and they are respected members of the community.  I don't use software because I find most real legal work requires skill, close attention to detail and actual work.

        Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

        by tikkun on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:39:20 PM PDT

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