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  •  Oh! I see the disconnect... (0+ / 0-)

    I keep reading "I want a job with the federal government" as the kind of vague statement everyone in DC makes. It's a really common thing to say because the feds are the only people hiring right now. (Also, by saying "government" you can sort of signal that you weren't one of the jerks who wanted BigLaw and didn't get the grades).

    So I can see what upset you, if you have information that he did have specific job opportunities.

    I think what I don't understand, is why, exactly, you think his Ivy League pedigree gives him options? I know a bunch of Ivy Leaguers struggling in DC, and they haven't turned down something better - I know temps from Stanford, Harvard, Yale, and on down (no Cornell though). You'd think they'd all be able to find something better. Yet from conversations I've had, they can't. And I don't think it's their fault (no obvious personality defects, that sort of thing).

    Because if this guy is some Ivy grad working as a temp while hoping for a job in government because the feds are the only people hiring, then that describes roughly half the people my age that I know in this city.

    Anyway, thanks for supporting law school reform, and for focusing attention on the issue.

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      Again, Brassfield went to DC, specifically.  You do not graduate from Indiana and randomly wind up in DC.  You go to DC by choice.  

      As most people in the legal industry know, DC is an incredibly difficult legal market.  Insisting on practicing in a particular legal market is a luxury that many law graduates do not have.  By way of example:  I went to law school in DC.  I would have liked to stay in DC.  But I was offered the job of a lifetime in Fort Lauderdale, Florida of all places. Where am I now?  In Fort Lauderdale.  

      This dovetails with my point about his credentials.  A person with Ted Brassfield's credentials does have options.  He may not have offers with the federal government, but that does not = no options.   In my earlier article, when I discussed options, I was clearly presenting a study in contrast:  Brassfield vs. people who truly do not have options.  

      Although it may sound too harsh for some, I feel like this:  Show me a man with a college degree from Princeton and a law degree from Indiana who cannot get decent job as a lawyer, or a decent job doing something else while he waits to land his dream legal job, and I will show you a man who is doing something wrong.  

      Faith in oneself is not trusting that you will always be victorious. It is trusting that you will either die or get back up.

      by Justashotaway on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 03:58:32 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, I would run over my own grandmother... (0+ / 0-)

        ...For a job that would actually let me pay the bills and maybe have some sort of regular non-starving-artist life in Florida. I really would. Fortunately they're both dead, so I'll never be tested.

        And for what it's worth, my own solution to the temp circle of hell is to move cities, too. It sucks to move without a job and have to answer 500 or so direct or implied queries along the lines of, "Oh why couldn't you find anything better than temping in DC..." At least I paid my loans for a few years - DC's legal market is awful, but the temp market does pay the bills, barely. Unfortunately, it also precludes better opportunities because no one wants to hire a temp. Vicious cycles are fun stuff.

        Thanks again for exposing all the problems with student loans. Much appreciated.

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          the law school "racket", they should investigate whether any law schools have so egregiously and systematically misrepresented statistics (employment, salary, graduation rates, etc) that it could constitute fraud and therefore a violation of the RICO statute.  I have discussed this at length with a friend of mine (one of the most brilliant guys I went to school with) and he concurs that there's a chance this could be successful.

          As soon as time allows, I will be putting up an article on the law school racket and actual racketeering.  

          Faith in oneself is not trusting that you will always be victorious. It is trusting that you will either die or get back up.

          by Justashotaway on Wed Sep 22, 2010 at 05:45:51 PM PDT

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