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Melanie Wender of Curtin & Heefner. Melanie Wender of Curtin & Heefner.

Are you about to graduate law school into a, well, interesting economy? I’ve been there. I graduated from law school during the Great Recession. In my experience, there was nothing great about it. When I graduated, the employment rate for new lawyers was at an all-time low. The chance of making the income you once expected had vanished. Suddenly, you were willing to do work for free just to get experience. It was a horrible time to be a law school graduate, but, as is commonly said, you grow from each challenge.

For you 3L students and recent graduates, I am sorry that you are in a similar boat. But, there is a bright side. There are law firms hiring and looking for brand, new associates like yourselves. There are still clerkships available and different internships. The opportunities are still out there. You just need to be patient and persistent.

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