“You strip or you starve,” says the lawyer-turned-dancer who only gives her name as “Carla.” One presumes this is her real name and not her ‘stage name’ and that she’s not dispensing legal advice or showing her ‘briefs’ to patrons.
There’s also no mention of the law school she graduated from, although that’s only relevant if it turns out her new job is part of that school’s inflated post-graduate employment statistics. As has been widely reported, there’s plenty of dissembling data about how many of a law school’s graduates have found work. Anymore,“Law schools award a degree of “B.S.” with the J.D.”
But doubtless the tips for dancing half-naked are better than splitting the tip jar at the barista counter like the then out-of-work Georgia Law School grad who turned “Barrister Barista — Law Grad Works in Coffee Shop.”
But with the economy being what it is and the “Legal Field Is Nation’s Most Difficult Industry for Job Placement,” it’s a wonder other struggling lawyers aren’t also turning a not-so-mean lick on a pole. Job search engine SimplyHired.com, for example, reports “there is less than one job opening for every 100 working lawyers.”
But you have to wonder. Wouldn’t “Carla” be better off even as a half-ass solo lawyer instead of a bare-topped jiggling dancer? She graduated from law school almost ten years ago. She spent 9 years working for a law firm. She’s got legal experience.
But when she was laid off two years ago from the law firm, she says she couldn’t find work in the legal field and ended up working as a waitress and as a cashier before turning to topless dancing.
To her credit, “Carla” didn’t go down less salutary roads, as allegedly did Reema Bajaj, the “Sycamore Attorney Accused Of Prostitution,” who instead of dancing and gyrating, supposedly supplemented her law business by purportedly turning tricks of a different kind. Also see “Lawyers have a lot to lose when they get in public trouble.”
Yet when times are tough, you have to believe that there are other alternatives. Take, for instance, that Orange County bankruptcy lawyer I blogged about last year. Kim Olenicoff developed a profitable, fun – – – if admittedly, a not so prestigiously edifying sideline of selling “Subtle Butt,” a disposable gas neutralizer for the flatulently-challenged. See “Cheese to gas, as lawyers transition from law.”
Law school lemmings.
But meantime, the law schools keep raking in the money by inducing more and more lemmings to attend law school despite dim job prospects, an unrelenting recession, huge tuition debts, and a dubious ability to repay all those student loans.
And now the University of Illinois School of Law possibly joins Villanova Law School as yet another law school caught massaging the numbers to burnish their appeal to those lemmings. But unlike the purported masseuses at Cooley Law School, New York Law School and Thomas Jefferson Law School, the data this time doesn’t involve allegedly misleading post-graduation employment statistics but instead, in the U of I’s case, the alleged fudging of credentials of the Fighting Illini’s incoming students.
As recently reported at “University of Illinois investigating whether College of Law fudged figures” andat “U of I Law School admission’s dean on leave as test scores investigated,” inaccurate data about the class of 2014 may have been reported on the school’s website and marketing materials.
As for Villanova Law School, in August, after it’s admissions officials told the American Bar Association in February that student LSAT scores and GPAs may have been inflated for the past number of years, the ABA sanctioned Villanova. The punishment requires the school to display the ABA Public Censure on its website the next two years.
With respect to Cooley Law School, New York Law School and Thomas Jefferson School Of Law, they’re objects of post-graduation employment inquiry and alumni disaffection. The 3 law schools are also being sued by unhappy alums with severe cases of buyer’s remorse. The grads claim they were misled by each school’s alleged misrepresentation of post-graduate employment success.
But as “Carla” has discovered, out there, there’s always ‘nice work if you can get it.’ ______________________________________________________________
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