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Take the Lousy Law (or Non-Law) Job Now? Or Wait It Out?

Badeconomy Earlier this week, the Labor Department released a gloomy monthly jobs report showing that in May, only 41,000 private jobs were created. The New York Times reports that this was far short of the expectations that 150,000 to 180,000 jobs would be created. Unemployment rates also remained steady.

Following the report, the NYT's "Room for Debate" blog posed the following question to several commentators: "In this economy, is any job better than no job?" Predictably, the responses were split, with some advising that any job beats unemployment, and others arguing that there are numerous situations in which someone might reasonably turn down a job offer.

On the Law and More blog, Jane Genova asks a related question that is more directly relevant to LBW readers: "Is a lousy law job or job not practicing law better than no job?"

I think this question has some interesting angles to it, particularly for those hoping to work in big law firms or in other offices where a prestigious background is required. For those of you in this situation, or who may be involved in hiring lawyers in places like this, what is your view on this? Take the "lousy" law job or the job turning on and off the Ferris wheel ride at Funland and try to explain it away later? Or stay "unscarred" (and poor) with no job at all?

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 11, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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