Laypeople tend to see laws as being set in stone and incontrovertible – and theoretically, they are. However, our legal system in practice relies on argument and interpretation far more often than you might think. In the span of a few inflected words, the implications of a law under consideration can shift considerably. For that reason, I believe it is tremendously important for lawyers to keep abreast of developments in ongoing Supreme Court cases and consider the legal implications arising therefrom. Below, I’ve outlined an interesting case awaiting argument and review.
Law students have it rough. For all the legal profession’s reputation as a highly coveted, lucrative field, more lawyers than ever are finding themselves jobless and broke in the months following graduation. Some law graduates have even begun suing their schools for offering misleading statistics for post-graduation success. Nowadays, there are twice as many lawyers as the market can support, leaving many hopefuls unemployed or in a job outside of their chosen field. The harsh competition soon-to-be-lawyers face necessitates absurdly high qualifications; students need to have the best grades, the most activities, and the most impressive internships. The last is particularly important – after all, who would hire someone with great grades and no experience when ten candidates with both are readily available?
Unfortunately, on-screen depictions of the profession don’t always mesh with reality. In truth, practicing law is often boring and monopolizing; most professionals within the field spend a significant portion of their day paging through dry documents and heavy law tomes. For all its cinematic glitz and glam, most lawyers don’t rake in millions of dollars every year. In fact, many of those who graduate with degrees in law find themselves grappling for a job for months after leaving school. According to statistics provided by the New York Times, a full 40% of the law school class of 2014 were still struggling to find “full-time long-term jobs that required them to pass the bar exam.”