Law students expect to earn $125,000 per year to start

A recent survey by Corporate Legal Times of 700 law students found that almost 50 percent of all first-year law students expect to make more than $125,000 a year upon graduation. Interestingly, only 17 percent of third-year law students expect to make that much.

Over 600 of the participants in the survey say they expect to work at a law firm upon graduation while only 22 expect an in-house position. The most interesting finding is that 573 of the 700 students surveyed say they expect to leave the legal profession.

A lawyer’s worst nightmare

Whether they pass or fail, most bar exam takers are certain that there has been a mistake made when they receive their results. In the case of Jordan Sebold and one other person, they are right. Sebold received a "we regret to inform you" letter from the New York Board of Law Examiners.

It turns out, however, that a clerical error was made and that Sebold actually passed. That same error means that someone who received a congratulatory letter failed the exam.

Evidently, the entrance ticket number given to Sebold at the exam center did not match his name or Social Security number. The error was discovered by Sebold, who remembered his seat number and saw a different number on the letter from the Board.

Said Sebold of the incident, "My entire Thanksgiving was basically ruined." No word yet about all the things that were ruined for the person who learned later that he or she actually failed the exam.

The singing jurist

A California judge has been reprimanded for making "undignified comments on the bench." To be more specific, for singing undignified comments on the bench. While presiding over a misdemeanor arraignment court, the judge sang to an accused shoplifter "when you’re stealing, when you’re stealing" to the tune of "When You’re Smiling."

More attorneys, fewer attorneys

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of lawyers in the United States will increase by 28 percent by the year 2005. This is approximately twice the rate of increase expected for other occupations.

While there are more lawyers, there are also more nonpracticing lawyers. Between 1990 and 1995, the number of law school graduates practicing law dropped from 82 percent to 76 percent.


In the early 1900s, an elephant was tried, convicted and hanged for murdering a politician’s daughter during a circus parade.


When called up on stage by a comedian at a comedy club, a Georgia man confessed to committing several bank robberies. "I have something on my mind that I want to share with you," the man said during the performance. The club owner had the police called and the man was arrested.

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06/02/2002 - 8:00pm