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Layoffs-ScissorsTen years ago this August, when I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (if, alas, prematurely bald) rising 3L, I was no-offered by my summer firm. As the financial crisis whipped through the ranks of our profession, my career in BigLaw ended before it started.

A decade removed, I can look back on that moment, and on what followed, with a certain amount of perspective. After all, some flailing notwithstanding, I landed fine—where I should have been, in fact. And what seemed like a long and painful struggle to right my career is contextualized by privilege; as a straight-passing white guy from the ‘burbs with Jewish-mom-approved educational credentials, I was at no great risk of starving.


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