Are Law Grads Headed Toward a Dead-End Profession?


It’s been a couple years since the recession, but lawyers and the legal profession is still suffering from the label of being a “dead end” career – why is that? Law school is expensive and student loans aren’t getting any cheaper, either, so if someone is choosing to adventure into the law profession, then they need to be equipped to handle, or avoid, hitting that dead-end wall that seems to be awaiting a lot of law graduates that had entered the profession since 2008.

Most lawyers that are graduating aren’t taking jobs in the legal field, and – even worse – are taking jobs that are paying significantly less than what they should be getting paid.

Specialize Within Your Field

One of the best things about law is that for every major school, there are little nooks and crannies filled with specific niches that need to be filled. Are you a copyright lawyer? Cool, but are you an internet copyright lawyer? As the world continues to explore new avenues to communicate or new ways to accomplish its goals, there are going to be laws that need to made and people to interpret those laws. This constantly changing landscape creates space for lawyers to further specialize in the field they might have studied in school.


For example, these are some of the many specialty options for a personal injury lawyer:

  • Bicycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Brain and spine injuries
  • Bus accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Negligent security
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Product liability
  • Premises liability
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Wrongful death.

If the trend in what type of lawyers get hired for specific listings, then it could turn into a self-propagating cycle: if only lawyers who are specialized in specials niches get hired, then lawyers will start specializing in specific niches and it could be possible to find space for all of the lawyers – space to actually practice law.