I think maybe all that good karma I’ve been building up for the past several years might finally be paying off. Today while I was at the law firm management class the senior attorney sent me to in his place, the associate attorney in my firm announced that she’s pregnant. Innntersting.
For those unaware of my employment situation, I went to law school, failed the bar exam, and have been basically temping in a firm for the last year while waiting to take the exam again and get my results back.
Also, in case you were unaware, the legal job market is among the worst of all the job markets right now due to a rash of universities opening law schools within the past 20 years or so because they realized there’s a lot of money to be made from running law schools. Ohio has 9 law schools. It’s pretty ridiculous. Almost nobody lands a job at a firm right out of law school anymore. Many are lucky to land a job at a firm at all. The stats for lawyers who never actually practice law is staggering.
To go to a bottom tier law school, not do law review or moot court, not work in the legal field while in school, graduate well below the top third of the class and land a job at a firm out of law school is unheard of in this environment. Add to that the fact that I was both female and a non-traditional student (old) and all things considered, I came out of law school completely doomed. Sadly, failing the bar and temping for a year was probably the best thing that possibly could have happened to me.
I’m not going to jinx myself by assuming the associate being pregnant means anything for me at all. It might mean nothing and even if it means something the something might not be all that great. If I am offered any sort of position at all it could be only slightly better than solo practice. I could be allowed to rent office space, be paid a percentage of my work in exchange for being allowed to stay for a set period of time, there are loads of possibilities. I may also be sent out into the world with some experience under my belt, an office management class, and a nice letter of recommendation. That’s fine too because frankly, I have resigned myself to probable solo practice and gotten comfortable with the idea. So whatever happens (beyond me failing the bar again, oh dear flying spaghetti monster no!) I feel like I’m ready for whatever.
That said, it’s not all sunshine and roses. After a year of temping following 2 years of being a full time student, we’ve pushed so much to the back burner that half of it has fallen off the back of the stove. Little things morph so easily into huge inconveniences. For example, my animals got fleas which we’ve been trying to get rid of on a shoestring budget. I came home today to discover my cat apparently peed in my closet last week following the great flea bath debacle of 2012. That was a week ago, I think, or was it 2 weeks? It all runs together when you’re working 7 days a week. (Second weekend temp job) Anyway, it evidently took a nice warm, humid, rainy day for the smell to finally get strong enough for me to notice it. That and the closet was shut all day and I think most of the time we leave it open. There’s also the possibility that it was new pee. If it was new though it was added to some old pee because when I finally found the source of the smell, I also discovered it had already molded. Mmmm moldy cat pee. I thought for a minute the bathtub had leaked through the wall but after a lengthy inspection by the light of a lightsaber, I’ve determined there’s no sign of moisture on the bathtub side. It was definitely the pee. I’m hoping it was old unnoticed flea bath debacle pee because frankly, I just can’t deal with a sneak pee’er on top of everything else. Sigh.
I won’t even go into the flea bath debacle, I’ll just say, I feel like overall, I should really probably have better Karma than this.
So it should be coming my way then … right?