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.