Showing, one job listing at a time, how toxic a JD is on the job market. Please don't go to law school.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Paralegal/Legal Assistant (Broadway Junction)

[Ed.-- "Need someone to learn a lot and quickly.... and if you could learn quickly, then you would not have gone to law school."]

Busy law firm in East New York area of Brooklyn is looking for a bright individual, with minimal knowledge in Plaintiff negligence, who is willing and able to learn a lot and quickly. Job will include drafting Pleadings, Bill of Particulars and Discovery. An individual we are looking for must be: punctual, eager to learn and willing to work hard. Basic understanding and some experience in the area of claims or litigation is required. This is a demanding position that requires attention to detail and good understanding of litigation, but there is growth potential for the right person. Sorry, no JDs.

Email a resume with cover letter, writing sample and salary requirements.    

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Litigation Secretary/Assistant (Newport Beach)

[Ed.-- No education requirements, except to not be a JD.]

         Litigation firm in Newport Beach looking for Litigation Secretary/Assistant. Applicant should be well-versed in calendaring rules for Orange and Los Angeles Counties and be able to calendar manually as well as with computerized docketing systems. Applicant must be experienced in filing pleadings in federal and state court, preparing trial binders, and must be proficient with Microsoft Word. Applicant must have at least 3-5 years of experience. Please send resume and compensation requirements by email. No phone calls please. No JD's please.

Duties will include:
-Filing documents with Court
-Contacting clients, opposing counsel, etc. by mail, email or phone
-Indexing documents
-Binders for appearances
-Answer phones, take messages, direct incoming calls to appropriate staff
-Respond to client questions and/or paperwork as needed

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Conflicts Assistant- CONTRACT POSITION ((LOOP))

[Ed.-- Thanks to Dan for emailing this in using the contact form on the right.]

A downtown Chicago law firm seeking Conflicts Department Assistant. MUST have some legal and research experience and come from a strong academic background. Candidate MUST be able commit to a 4-6 month assignment. This is great experience for someone looking to gain legal experience at a reputable, large firm! Those with their Juris Doctorate will not be considered for this role.

Responsibilities Include:
• Conflicts analysis and identifying possible conflicts
• Manage correspondence, create reports, presentations and time-sensitive materials. 
• Ensuring accuracy of documents and presentation materials. 
• Able to follow specific detail-oriented projects as assigned.
• Keeping a high level of discretion with corporate documents and classified records. 

Please apply if you have the following:
BA degree is REQUIRED
MUST have ADVANCED technical skills (Microsoft Suite especially STRONG Word, Excel and PPT)
Strong attention to detail
Legal experience is REQUIRED
Those with their Juris Doctorate will not be considered for this role.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Immediate Need for Entry-Level Paralegals (Washington, D.C.)

[Thanks to Jackie for sending this in via the message box on the right.]

Law Resources, Inc. is seeking temporary entry-level paralegals for an immediate start. Candidates must have a college degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be able to make a two (2) year commitment. An eye for detail, strong worth ethic and team oriented attitude is desirable. Please submit your resume ASAP for consideration - qualified candidate will be contacted to discuss the opportunity in more detail. THIS IS FOR AN IMMEDIATE START!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Contracts and Rights Management (Chatsworth)

[Ed.-- Weirdly, they don't want an entertainment law LLM to negotiate their contracts.  Must be an oversight.]

Looking for an experienced Film Distribution Contracts Paralegal to support Business Affairs and Legal. We are a worldwide Distribution company with a library of of 500 titles that licenses all available rights: Theatrical, DVD, Television, VOD and Ancillary.

Candidate mus have working knowledge of License Agreements, Royalty Reports and FilmTrack or other Rights Management Database experience. Responsibilities to include:

• Drafting of contracts for distribution, worldwide, domestic, and sales international
• Draft IFTA Multiple Rights License Agreements and Admendments
• Follow up on Royalties per Agreements terms, including Digital deals
• Initiating IFTA Arbitration and attending if necessary
• Handling SAG matters
• Handling delivery process of legal documentation to distributors

• Management of Rights through the FilmTrack database, entering all contracts to ensure proper Avails and running Avail Reports.
• Assisting Sales Department to acquire Producer approvals
• Assisting Accounting Department in reporting to Producers
• Monthly and Quarterly scanning and emailing Producer their Reports

• Assisting in drafting of Sales Agency Agreements with Producers

• General Office Duties (i.e. Filing, Coping, Answering Phones) & assist CEO.

• Ideal candidate MUST have at least 3-6 Years experience with Entertainment law or paralegal experience preferably media, broadcast or the entertainment industry.
• Must type at least 80-100wpm and team oriented and work some OT
• Must have strong computer skills in MS Office, Outlook, and Rights Management Database
• Strong oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work within deadlines, exercise good judgement and maintain client confidentially

Candidate MUST have at least 6 Years experience with major Entertainment law firm or motion picture company handling substantially all of the above.

Competitive salary (commensurate with experience)

Additional Information
At noted above, this position requires substantial experience handling all of the above matters. This is NOT an entry level JD position and PLEASE no phone calls.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Entry Level Paralegal (Downtown) (New York, NY)

[Ed.-- I have never seen an "LSAT Disadvantage" listing before.  One wonders how the employer plans to verify that his prospective employee has never taken the LSAT.  The insistence on a "top 200" undergrad-- apparently, school #200 offers invaluable skills you just can't get from #201]

Entry Level Paralegal (Downtown) 

Major mass litigation firm has openings for Entry Level Paralegals in their Bankruptcy department. 


Job responsibility include: internet research, communicating with clients, reviewing documents, 

Job requirements: Experience interacting with clients, heavy phones, following and documenting processes/internships are OK. Must have a 4 year degree, from a top 200 college and graduated with a GPA over 3.5 and majored in Pre-Law, Political Science, Economics, Communications, etc. 

- Must be willing to make a 2+ year commitment (ideally even more long term) 
- Cannot have taken the LSAT or have a date registered for the LSAT 
- Can start within 2 weeks 
- Has worked in an office setting before 
- Worked throughout college
- Well spoken, polished/professional 
- Will not get bored with administrative tasks or overwhelmed by competing priorities 

Must have strong communication skills, time management and organization abilities.

Great opportunity for candidates who plan to go on to Law or Grad school in 3-5 years.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Mission Statement

By now, word is out that law school graduates, particularly those from non-elite schools, are frequently unable to find jobs as lawyers.  While law school apologists have largely abandoned the “law school is not a trade school” argument, there are three arguments that have become increasingly popular:

  1. The “you need to network” argument.  Under this argument, new law school graduates can find a job; they simply need to undergo the mystical practice of networking.  If they do not find a job, then it is proof positive that they simply did not network hard enough. This proposition is a variant of arguing that unemployment is high because people keep blowing their job interview.   I will happily concede that the number of entry level legal jobs is somewhat elastic and an individual graduate can improve their chances by networking-- I have little doubt that, here and there, graduates of marginal schools can work their way into a law clerk position by cold calling their undergrad’s alumni database.  However, this does not solve the systemic problem.  No amount of networking can solve the massive imbalance between the demand for new lawyers and the supply of new lawyers.  
  2. “You need to hang a shingle”/”Rural lawyer” argument.  Under this construction, lawyers have the ability to simply open their own practices and become a lawyer that way, especially in rural America.  This argument has already been ably refuted, so I will not belabor the point, except to note that our hypothetical rural lawyer would have to come up with at least somewhere between $5,000-$15,000 just to open their law practice, on top of student loan debt.  Getting that kind of loan from a bank after being $100,000 in debt from law school is, itself, a non-trivial problem.  It also ignores the fact that at lowly ranked schools, half the graduates don’t pass the bar.  For example, at the most recent July administration of the California Bar exam, only half of the graduates from Thomas Jefferson passed. Law schools are admitting students who may never pass the bar exam and hence can’t hang a shingle.  Similar to #1, an individual applicant may be able to improve his chances of passing the bar by working hard, but if half the graduates of a school are failing, then that points to a systemic problem.
  3. The “JD Advantage” argument, which is the primary focus of this blog.  The National Association for Law Placement (“NALP”) page on this concept is representative:

It turns out that the JD degree prepares you for a variety of exciting jobs and careers. While many law school graduates go on to practice law, many others go on to play leadership roles in a variety of settings. Many law school graduates obtain positions for which Bar Passage, or even a JD, is not required, but their legal training is deemed to be an advantage or even necessary in the workplace. As the saying goes "you can do almost anything with a law degree!"

This argument has at least three critical flows..  The next series of posts will describe them in detail, but in brief:

First, let’s suppose everything said above was completely true.  It fails to be persuasive on its own terms.  A “JD Advantage” job is, by definition, one that could be acquired without a JD.  To the extent somebody ends up in a JD Advantage job, then they will almost invariably have been better off if they had simply taken that job, or a substantially similar one, three/four years earlier instead of going to law school.  Given three/four years of lost earnings on account of time spent attending school and the debt that the average law student carries, then somebody who takes a “JD Advantage” job will financially be massively behind somebody who took the same job without the JD.

Second, these JD advantage jobs are incredibly scarce.  There is a variation of the sharpshooter fallacy going on here; NALP found people with good non-legal jobs who have JD’s.  What they do not provide is any evidence that the law degree was necessary to obtain or keep the job in question.  If I searched hard enough, then I am quite confident that I could find people who spent some time in prison yet, against the odds, now have a great job; obviously, it would be absurd to characterize these jobs as “Breaking and Entering Advantage.”  Similarly, just because somebody has a good job and a law degree that they don’t use, it doesn’t mean that the law degree led to the job.

Third, it’s actually worse than that.  “JD Advantage” jobs are rare, but the “JD Disadvantage” jobs this blog memorializes are incredibly common.  That is, job listings which are available to people who have just a college degree (or not even a college degree), but that explicitly say that JD’s will not be considered.  In other words, because a graduate from a non-elite school will likely never find work as a lawyer and merely having the JD cuts off other opportunities, a non-elite JD can and does have negative value-- and would even if it could be obtained overnight and for free.  The purpose of this blog is to move the “JD Disadvantage” job beyond anecdote and prove from publicly available job listings that a JD is toxic on the open market, even for non-lawyer legal jobs.  

Finally, I will put up a post that responds to some criticisms of the “JD Disadvantage” concept, taken substantially from the JDU thread about this blog.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Patent Agent – Small Corporation – New York, N.Y.

[Ed.-- This company needs someone to assist with drafting, writing, and prosecuting patents.  This ad says four different ways that they don't want JD's... not even if the Editor in Chief of the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law was available.  As always, keep in mind that "not having a JD" is a separate qualification; if you have two years of experience, a master's degree in a scientific field, 2-4 years firm experience, scientific knowledge and experience in cellular biology, etc., etc., they still do not want you if you have a JD.  The JD ruins the value of the other skills, experience, and degrees you have.]

NeoStem is seeking a Patent Agent to assist with drafting, writing, and prosecuting patent applications; and, strategically developing patent portfolios, and supporting litigators in the development of enforcement and defense strategies. The ideal candidate will NOT have a JD and will have a strong technical background in Biology and MUST have 2-4 years of patent prosecution experience. NO JDs will be CONSIDERED at this time.

  • Prepares and drafts patent applications
  • Conducts prior art database searches for patentability and freedom to operate analyses
  • Manages a portfolio of approximately 100 patents and patent applications
  • Analyzes patents and scientific papers and documents to assist patent attorneys on patent prosecutions in the US and OUS
  • Works closely with business, project teams, general counsel and product development to identify and articulate opportunities for patent protections
  • Supports Patent attorneys in patentability and analysis
  • Coordinates prosecution activities with various departments
  • Other duties as assigned
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a relevant scientific or life sciences discipline required; Master’s degree preferred
  • At least 2-4 years of experience with patent prosecution; prior firm experience is a plus
  • DOES NOT require a JD degree and NO JDs wll be considered at this time
  • Must have scientific knowledge and experience in cellular biology/biotechnology
  • Must be available to work minimum 15-20 hours per week
  • Registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a plus
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, preferably Word and Excel
  • Must have an excellent track record in building effective relationships with other departments and third parties
  • Ability to comfortably interact and clearly communicate with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Proven ability to manage multiple activities and make complex decisions
  • Must be organizational savvy and action-oriented
  • Ability to manage critical and ambiguous situations to make effective decisions
  • Ability to maximize business results through continuous improvement
  • Strong technical, written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong influencing, planning, organizing, problem-solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please send a copy of your resume directly to
Additional Info
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: New York, New York

As a leader in the emerging cellular therapy industry, NeoStem is pursuing the preservation and enhancement of human health globally through the development of cell based therapeutics that prevent, treat, cure, or regenerate damaged or aged tissue, cells and organs and restoring their normal function. Cellular therapy is the process by which new cells are introduced into a tissue to prevent or treat disease, or to regenerate damaged or aged tissue. We believe that cell therapy will play a large role in changing the natural history of diseases as more breakthrough therapies are developed, ultimately lessening the overall burden of disease on patients and their families, as well as the economic burden that these diseases impose upon modern society.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Estate Planning Paralegal (West Hollywood)

[Ed.-- I thought trust and estates was dying?  I sure do see a lot of ads for T&E practices that are hiring.  Not hiring attorneys, of course, but hiring.]

Solo Practitioner, in West Hollywood, has an opening for a legal assistant/paralegal in estate planning and business law.

Prior estate planning experience in a law office is a must. Being a notary public is a plus.

This is NOT a temporary position offered to law students, recent law school graduates or licensed attorneys. The individual must have prior experience with the following:

- prepare estate planning documents (including Trusts, Last Wills & Testaments, Durable Powers of Attorney, etc.);
- Input information into drafting system to create estate planning documents;
- Edit and finalize estate planning documents for client signature;
-Drafting of Deeds, Pcors and related documents;
- Prepare documentation for creation of LLCs, Corporations and limited partnerships;
- A basic understanding of trust transfers and how property transfers at death.

If you believe you fit the described characteristics and have the necessary skills, please send an email with the following:
1. A resume-as an ATTACHMENT
3. Salary history-as an ATTACHMENT
4. Salary requirement-as an ATTACHMENT

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Trust & Estate Planning Paralegal Needed for DC Law Firm (Washington, DC)

[Ed.--Okay, so at first they won't even consider an attorney to work in their Trust & Estate department.  However, I bet you could change their mind if you show them your online LLM in estate planning from John Marshall]

Trust & Estate planning paralegal needed for DC law firm. Main responsibilities include DC, MD & VA probate work and tax return preparation. Will assist with probate from opening of the new estate proceedings to final distribution. Will also assist with preparation of trust accounting, estate tax returns, and estate and trust fiduciary income tax returns. This job involves heavy client contact.

Please have 3 years paralegal experience in related practice group, DC and VA probate experience, as well as experience preparing tax returns. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite. Paralegal degree or certificate preferred. Salary totally open. Please have good tenure.

Local candidates only. No attorney resumes will be considered.

Monday, November 3, 2014

PI Pre-Litigation (Beverly Hills)

[Ed.-- Must have 5 years working knowledge of pre-litigation, but must NOT be an attorney or unemployed.  Being unemployed is perhaps the only single factor more toxic than a JD on the job market; of course, the latter frequently leads to the former]

We are looking for a currently employed professional who wants to work at a successful boutique PI law firm with top quality cases and top dollar pay.


Must have 5 years present working knowledge of all aspects of pre litigation.

Primary duties include but may not be limited to: Opening files, rectifying property damage, requesting police reports, preparing demand packages, transcribing dictation, indexing files, filing, payouts and calendaring.

Knowledge of obtaining and updating medicals records and bills is indispensable.

Professional attitude and demeanor, energetic with great people skills, precision to detail, extremely organized and above average computer skills.

Proficient in WPX5, Outlook, Excel, Adobe, Quicken and/or Quickbooks, (light bookkeeping experience preferable) and Abacus Law.

Working knowledge of the phases of litigation to provide back up support if needed, useful but not indispensable.


Must be able to provide three professional references.

Paste your resume and salary history in the body of the email, beneath your cover letter and reference "Craiglslist Ad" in the subject line.

• Compensation: based upon experience
•Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
•do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Data Specialist

[Ed.-- They want someone with three years of experience negotiating contract languages and budgets... but not a JD.  Perhaps you can change their mind by getting an LLM in Contract Law?]

Job Title:

Data Specialist


Berkeley Heights, NJ




6+ months

Job Description:

see above

Job Requirements:

Clinical Research Contracts Specialist
US Medical Affairs Contract Manager
  • At least 3 years experience negotiating both contract language and budgets
  • Experience negotiating clinical research contracts preferred
  • NO JD Candidates
Skills Required:
  • Knowledge of contract language and clauses, particularly clinical research agreements.
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Responds resourcefully to changing business demands and opportunities, proactively looking for ways to contribute
  • Promotes the sharing of information across departments and/or teams within the function
  • Demonstrated ability to function in a high matrixed team environment
  • Ability to work on complex, multi-faceted projects with minimal supervision.
  • Perform and manage all activities associated with the drafting, negotiating and execution of clinical research agreements, vendor contracts, confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, amendments to executed agreements and others as appropriate to support the business needs of Celgene US Medical Affairs.
    • Draft contracts using the appropriate templates
    • Where appropriate review the agreement scope and seek stakeholder feedback if necessary
    • Adjust or insert appropriate language into template when required
    • Negotiate contract terms and conditions in collaboration with the legal department, internal stakeholders, and outside party
    • Review budget for compliance with company policy and
    • Track, manage and communicate contract and contract amendment status .
    • Communicate with Celgene internal team members, vendors, Investigators/Institutions as necessary to resolve contract and budget issues.
  • Anticipate and prevent or escalate issues and concerns.
  • Maintain an electronic library of previously negotiated contracts and leverage previously agreed upon language.
  • Attend department and project team meetings and provide appropriate information to support business needs