4 attorneys including me. Was there from 9am to 6pm. Let's just say that there was plenty of time to hang around and talk with all of the lawyers. 3 plaintiff attorneys and one defense attorney. Case involved a multi-vehicle auto accident. We got into the law school discussion and here is a brief summary of what was said:
defense attorney: law school is simply not worth it anymore. I graduated in 1999 and I'm still paying loans. I don't know how these recent grads will be able to manage their debt. The job market is terrible. I was thinking of hiring an associate but I know so many unemployed attorneys that I have a 12 year attorney working as a contract employee. There is so much experienced talent that there frankly is no need to hire a new associate. That, and money is so tight. I know a recent grad that got a job at a 30 lawyer insurance defense firm with starting pay at 50k. Not bad, but when you consider the loans it's simply not worth it. I tried getting into plaintiffs personal injury but after a couple of years I ended up breaking even.
plaintiff attorney: the market is terribly saturated. I've lost my ass recently in TV ads. The insurance companies don't pay shit anymore and the juries are terrible. People are hurting financially and therefore don't want to throw a bone to those who were truly hurt. They are jealous and reason why should this guy get a check? I'm not getting anything out of this so why should the plaintiff? The insurance carriers know and this and therefore can lowball plaintiff's to the floor with their settlement offers. I've been doing this for 30 years and will be doing this until I die.
Take heed law school lemmings. It's a scary legal job market out there.