Some of you are clearly very miserable people who get their jollies from being bullies on the internet, so your advice is irrelevant. The market might be bad for lawyers, but it's bad for almost all fucking professions. Compare it to a larger market. The key is to be flexible and to be able to adapt the skills that you learn in law school to the new and EXTREMELY unpredictable market. If you have a very rigid and fixed plan for where your career will lead you, chances are that you will be greatly disappointed. Instead of comparing the profession to the past, compare it to the present market. Every person has to work their ass off to get where they are and everyone has to do some dirty work for a while and it's clear that some of you think that you are "above" that. You don't just land in a high powered, fun, high paying position. YOU work and sometimes it takes a lot longer than you expected, but that's the reality of this current market. 5 years ago every single person and their mother told my boyfriend that only losers go into the trade and that he needed a university education to have any shot at a decent future. He works hard, but today at 22 years old he was able to afford buying his own house without the help of his parents in Richmond Hill. He has had shifts where he spent three days straight at work, working day and night in some filthy conditions. Now all of his friends who are swimming in debt coming from Queen's and UofT with no job are no longer laughing at him for becoming an electrician. My best friend is an electrical engineer at the Honda Plant and he makes good money, but he has no weekends and works 10 hour days. Point of the story, you are entitled to NOTHING. You have to work your ass off for it and you have to invest money in it. If you walk around feeling entitled and thinking that every job is below you just because you have an education you're dead wrong. That's not how the world works anymore. There are no guarantees and job stability is rare. There is no point comparing yourself to people who have spent years grinding in the dirt to get where you are ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE STARTING OUT. The grass just looks greener when it's been watered and worked. If you go into any job solely for the purpose of getting money, you will be miserable. Every job will work you really hard for it, there's no easy way out that so you better hope that you picked something you really like.