Chicago, I like your style…

Chicagoland

If you’re a laid-off lawyer living in Chicago, a social group has sprung up so you don’t have to be the only sad ex-lawyer crying into your beer.  But, a word of advice, if you’re laid-off, you should have switched from the “affluent” drinks to PBR by now.  The bike messengers and I just LOVE mainlining the stuff and you can get it for less than a $1 in most parts of Brooklyn.  If that’s not fabulocity, then I don’t know what is.  Also, this is the perfect time to hone your flirting skills and perfect the art of drinking for free.  My first year in NYC I rarely had to pay for a drink…which was really helpful since I had no money to pay for $21 fancy-pants cocktails that are really just some pucker and schnaps.  If you’re a gent, go where the cougars go…show some of the non-headturners that you’re a sensitive guy who’s down on his luck.  If you’re a lady, just hang out at any of the Wall Street bars in lower Manhattan and pretend really hard that you care about Ibanking and just love money…not matter how much they talk about it or their boring lives.  Also, show some tit and some leg.  Actually, you can treat people like shit and they’ll still buy you drinks if you show some tit and some leg.  Also, ladies and gents, gay bars are excellent places to score free drinks.  I don’t know why I get drinks at gay bars but I do…and if I can get drinks there, anyone can.  There are also a whole host of free drinking events going on around our less than fair city all the time.  Gothamist sends out emails letting you know when and where to be when the liquour gods declare a free-for-all.  Happy Friday and Happy Drinking!

Calling All Drunken, Unemployed, Chicago Lawyers – Above the Law – A Legal Tabloid – News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession.

More TOTALLY awesome Press for BLS! We’re ranked 61st!

I think the craigslist letter to BLS really sums it up nicely.  It’s nice of ATL to pretend like BLS isn’t a JD mill, but I disagree.  I’m not using my law degree but that’s because I was making WAY more not doing law.  So we’re ranked at 61.  To anyone even thinking about law school for next year…don’t go unless you have a FULL RIDE that’s guaranteed for all three years AND you’re interested in doing public interest law.

Open Thread: 2010 U.S. News Law School Rankings (50 – 75) – Above the Law – A Legal Tabloid – News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession.

Are you a deferred or Laid Off incoming associate? Might be time to practice some litigation

Interesting points made by David Post on ATL today.  Apparently incoming deferred or laid off associates might be able to sue their employers.  There are plenty of lawyers looking for work out there-this sounds like a GREAT opportunity!  Time to dust off those lawyering skills and get into the court room!  At the rate these firms are bleeding employees and money, they won’t be able to keep up with the costs of defending themselves…where as laid off attorneys are looking for almost anything to do so they should be cheaper than painters and landscapers!

Maybe Deferred or Laid Off Associates Do Have a Breach of Contract Claim – Above the Law – A Legal Tabloid – News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession.

How Screwed is BigLaw? ATL counts the ways…

And explores some new business models.  Basically, BigLaw has to change…Big time.  What’s interesting about the discussion is that the same models that were used to bring associates better quality of life (which really means ANYTHING OUTSIDE THE OFFICE) are now being discussed as models that could save big firms from going under.  Interesting ideas and a lot of information about where the industry could be going.  Of course, its anybody’s guess where the industry actually ends up.  My question is-what about law school costs?  When are law schools going to change?  At this point, I think it’s hard to look at them and see anything other than a pyramid scheme…or a bullshit factory.  I guess law schools have been both for quite some time.

The 21st Century Lawyer: New Models for Practicing Law – Above the Law – A Legal Tabloid – News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession.

Yay! The Next Necked Girl-Law Student WON’T Be from BLS!!!

 

 

 

That’s TWO GOOD news stories for BLS this week!  Well, technically, this one isn’t really good…it actually has nothing to DO with us except for the fact that HOPEFULLY (fingers crossed) it will help everyone forget about our favorite happy necked girl, Adrianna (here’s the link if you’ve forgotten Happy Necked Girls in Law School )

Seems like our little BLS necked girl may have inspired others…and for that we can be proud.  During these tough times, a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.  Yesterday I posted a story about a daycare worker who turned to stripping so it’s only logical that lawyers would start to take it off for money.  In the grand scheme of things, there are a LOT of MUCH worse things a lawyer can do for money…A LOT (see all other press regarding BLS students and grads).  

Career Alternatives for Law Students: Playboy Bunny – Above the Law – A Legal Tabloid – News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession.

Is the Blood letting finally over?

As Above the Law points out, we finally had three consecutive days sans BigLaw lawoffs!  I mean, there were still layoffs last week, but three days without…that’s saying something!  Right? No?  It feels like a good thing…like they are going to hold still for a bit and see if they can keep it together?  Whatever…the bottom line is, things seem to have slowed down…I hope it sticks.

This Week In Layoffs: 03.21.09 – Above the Law – A Legal Tabloid – News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession.

Two takes on Biglaw to ProBono

ATL and CNN both featured articles on BigLaw lawyers transitioning to ProBono and volunteer work…but the messages could not be more different.  Read it and weep…as with so many articles about the legal field these days:

Public Interest Jobs Won’t Fall Into Your Lap – Above the Law – A Legal Tabloid – News, Gossip, and Colorful Commentary on Law Firms and the Legal Profession.

and CNN:

Plan B…how does it pay the bills again?