The Miami Herald has some late-arriving advice for the laid-off lawyer crowd.
Ready? Got a pen?
Network, Volunteer, and Persist.
In other words, go meet some people, work for free, rinse, and repeat.
The reason this advice won't work is that the crowd of laid-off "lawyers" is advised to do this: "No matter which path you choose to pursue, pursue each day in your search with purpose, direction and passion."
Purpose, direction and passion?
C'mon, we're talking about laid off BigLaws and businessmen. Purpose, direction and passion? Oh jeez.
I've said before that there are no laid-off lawyers. Lawyers have clients. Lawyers can't be laid off. Those that are laid off are cogs in the biglaw wheel who work on files or businessmen who ran to "hot" areas of law.
But let's talk about the laid off cogs and businessmen.
Most of these people have never networked. They have been locked in libraries and offices, away from clients, or anyone resembling a client. They also can't imagine working for free. The phrase "they bill me out at free," doesn't sound so good.
In sum, these laid off cogs are not going to do well trying things they've never done.
Here's my advice:
Do something else. Get out of law.
I mean, lets be real here. Most of you never wanted to be lawyers. You wanted the trappings of what L.A. Law made you believe the practice was all about.
So get out.
Don't go into foreclosure defense, that'll be dead in two years. If you have no established practice in an essential area of law, get out. It's not going to get better in the next 5-10 years. If your goal is money, go make money. Buy a franchise, open a business. You went into law to make money, the money is not there, get out.
What is so wrong with realizing that you never really wanted to be a "lawyer?"
Located in Miami, Florida, Brian Tannebaum practices Bar Admission and Discipline and Criminal Defense. Read his free ebook The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer. Please visit www.tannebaumweiss.com