In the past few months since I've been working as a litigator it is rare for me to encounter a young attorney. In fact the majority of the lawyers I deal with are at least in their 40's and usually in their fifties. As one who practices in California, my bar number is approximately 280,000 while most of the defense attorneys have numbers in the low 100,000's. Time and time again when I see an answer to a complaint the answering attorney is a veteran with at least 20 years experience. Even in court when I attend CMC's, TSC's and MSC's the vast majority of the attorneys have grey hair. This truly is a older persons game. So it begs the question: where the hell are all my peers?
The other day I was at defense counsel's office for a deposition of my client. The attorney taking the depo was a guy in his late 50's. I told him about a funny video on youtube and he responded with "what is youtube?" Me and the court reporter started laughing our heads off. This guy didn't know what YOUTUBE WAS!! Holy fucking shit! Don't get me wrong he took a mean depo but still, with so many unemployed JD's out there desperate for work I'm sure these firms can use some young blood that are somewhat internet savvy.
Working in the personal injury field I deal with tons of files and thus, tons of attorneys. To date, I have only encountered ONE attorney my age. The rest of them have been men and women at least 20 yrs older than me, some of them in their 60's. Attorneys generally work much longer than the rest of the general population, but with housing in the shitter and many attorneys themselves underwater on their mortgages I expect these dinosaurs to continue plugging away until they croak during a cross examination of a witness lol.
For the new attorneys that are struggling out there looking for work, a good place to find some solace is JD underground. There you will encounter all types of attorneys, from miserable and unemployed to self made millionaires. I personally enjoy good laughs every time I go to that site lol. Shout out to ohiodocreviewer, tiredjd, severian, daleycenter, TTTheaven, headofshit, DopeSmokerEsquire, MississippiLawyer, sazerac, AlLordpwnsU and the rest of the lunatics over there.
Good luck with the job search class of 2010. You will need it. And for a job tip, do not be afraid to "puff" the resume lol.