In which Kate tries to enjoy the firm happy hour.
Practicing law is all about compromise.
Wilkie is hard to write jokes for because, honestly, she's a little too perfect. Or at least she hides her neuroses better. Fortunately, despair always makes a good punchline.
The best part of practicing law is you get to solve real problems for real clients. The worst part of practicing law is you have to solve real problems for real clients.
Sorry this comic is coming to you so late! Busy with work, plus I'm thinking of making the comic full-color.
Want to recommend Madoka Magica to your friends, but afraid what they’ll think of you? Fear not! I’ve taken the liberty of making Madoka suitably EX-TREME for American audiences.
It's the return of Cliffy Chance, the mid-level associate! Senior enough to have the faintest clue what the firm is about, yet junior enough to get stuck managing the fresh-meat summer associates. When a partner's time gets billed out at $900/hr and a mid-level associate's at $300, I know which one I'd stick on babysitting duty...
I sometimes feel there’s a certain cultural divide between the old generation of lawyers and the new. On one hand you have people like former ABA president William Robinson III, who willfully ignores six-figure student debt loads when he himself paid $330 a semester to go to law school. (Here’s another cartoon I did for Bitter Lawyer about him.)
On the other hand, at my swearing-in reception I was one of two new attorneys (out of about 13) who had a job. Even those lawyers who, against all odds*, find work often end up living with their parents. What else can you do on a $50,000 salary and a $160,000 debt at 7%?
For these and other reasons, it’s hard to feel that people like William Robinson III represent me. And it’s hard to feel that I don’t live in a world completely alien to that of experienced attorneys.
* This is not a figure of speech. American law schools graduate more than 46,000 new J.D.’s per year. Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that only 74,800 new legal jobs will open up in the next ten years. That’s roughly six new lawyers for every new legal job, not counting the existing body of displaced lawyers, which is substantial.
Typically, a summer associate position at a large enough law firm culminates in an offer of more or less permanent employment after the summer associate finishes law school the following year. As new lawyers cannot typically get into prestigious law firms otherwise, this is one of the reasons that summer law firm positions are so widely sought after--with "student loan interest now accrues during law school" coming in at a close #2.