By Hannah Garcia
LAW WEEK COLORADO
Left indebted by thousands of dollars and facing an uncertain future in a fluctuating market, it may seem odd that law school graduates express comfort regarding their professional situations.
But optimism amid uncertainty — at least, with a healthy dose of planning and a realistic outlook — could be the antidote for enterprising young lawyers when battling the suspicion that a law degree might not be worth its price tag.
“I grew up with a lawyer in the family, helping people on a daily basis. So I already knew I wanted to go to law school,” James Fogg, a 2014 law graduate, said. “But because of the economy involved, if you’re thinking about law school, be sure that it’s really what you want.”
It’s a practical approach, but the deliberation Fogg and others prescribe comes as part of an evolving debate about the merits of law schools and what they offer. After the legal market began a backward slide fueled by economic downturns in 2010, the legal market is reaching its post-recession incarnation. The new landscape has fewer traditionally stable jobs and a dwindling class of clients willing to pay the costs of sophisticated law firms.