Young Lawyers and their Sense of Entitlement

Law school graduates complaining about being unemployed or underemployed and there being lack of jobs are routinely accused of having a sense of entitlement – meaning that they feel deserving of certain benefits because they accomplished certain objectives.

We rabble-rousers are labeled as “entitled” because we are stereotyped as slackers who slept during class and partied all night yet have the nerve to demand a six-figure salary immediately after graduating from low-ranked JD factories. We’re told that if we spent as much time doing something productive rather than bitching and moaning on the internet, we would have a job by now.

It sucks to be accused of being entitled because it is associated with being greedy, spoiled, lazy and narcissistic. Law school apologists and self-righteous pricks do this to impose a guilt trip for being materialistic, to feel morally superior or to shut up dissidents. It’s also a popular subject for trolls because it usually gets a rise out of people. 

It’s comical when I hear about a lawprof or another academic accusing their students of having a sense of entitlement. These are the same people who feel entitled to lifetime employment with six-figure salaries for relatively lower working hours once they get tenure.

Older people also accuse the young of being entitled because they want everything now while not working for it. I understand that there is a generational conflict concerning the definition of “work ethic” because of differences in technology and social conditions. While older attorneys did not begin their careers with iPads and Westlaw Next, they also did not have $35,000 per year tuition and 25 year repayment plans. I find it amusing when an older attorney accuses the young generation of being entitled when no one will “volunteer” to work for her and instead has the unmitigated audacity to demand compensation. But go ahead, keep calling us entitled. We’ll remember this when we decide to vote for a politician who promises to cut “entitlement” spending like Social Security and Medicare. I’m sure most of you saved your money in real estate or other investments to pay the medical bills once they start pouring in. Otherwise, you are free to complain about us all you want in your squalid nursing home.

A small yet vocal group of young people also accuse their peers of being entitled. This seems like Stockholm Syndrome, especially when they are also unemployed. These people probably think that if they edify their betters, then they will get something in return. These people also love to hear their voice on the internet when they preach about how they spent time developing their practice instead of getting the perfect season on Madden 2012. Good for you. While I applaud your supposedly strong work ethic and persistence, you won’t get any business referrals or job opening announcements from me. For every attorney who publicly brags about how good they are, I know three others who are just as good (if not better) yet have some level of empathy. Besides, if you’re so great, you probably don’t need my help anyway.

I wonder if some of these idiots understand what it means to have a sense of entitlement. Are we greedy for demanding a level of compensation that will allow us to pay off students loans within a reasonable period of time and – to be frank – earn the money that justifies our time investment into a seven year education?

So if you are considering law school, don’t complain if you fuck up or you will be labeled as entitled.


3 thoughts on “Young Lawyers and their Sense of Entitlement

  1. Nando

    The young JDs who want to deride their peers as “greedy” or “entitled” often come from a privileged background. These turds have no integrity, and their words are hollow.

    Boomers were lucky, in terms of time. No one gets to pick what era or country one is born into, but these Boomer pigs act as if they had great foresight and judgment. The fact remains that luck played a HUGE role in the older generation’s success. In 1975, one could earn a BA in American History from State U., owe no student loans, and then waltz into a professional career – even with average or sub-par grades. This is clearly not the case today, but the Boomers act as if the circumstances are the same. This makes them reprehensible. Don’t worry, though, old dogs. When it comes time to make serious cuts to entitlement programs, you can bet your ass that the largest entitlements, i.e. Medicare and SSI, will make attractive targets.

    1. Bookender

      “Boomers were lucky, in terms of time.”
      Not if you are a late boomer or what a couple of articles on the generations have called “bookenders.” As one of those “bookenders,” I have struggled my entire career to stay employed first within my major and then within the legal field, despite stellar credentials from both my undergrad and law school. Recently, after encountering this and other blogs, I realized it was time to move on from the legal field and into something else much more satisfying, and am currently doing so.

  2. Anon

    Even if you don’t fuck up and are just caught in the gears of a shitty economy, you will be labeled entitled.

    The kids are alright, their situation sucks balls.


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