Unfortunately, the legal world has been hit hard by the recession. In fact, it was starting to get hit hard even before the recession. The traditional business model for law firms has finally reached the limits of its own unsustainability, in much the same way as a Ponzi scheme. The fees charged to clients had to rise in proportion to the salary hikes to untested first-year associates, who were being bribed by increasingly unjustifiable salaries. Ultimately, clients refused to pay sky-high fees for overstaffed cases and seeing only substandard legal work as a result. Something had to give, and the brunt fell on the lawyers coming straight out of law school. The irony is that many people who have been unable to get a job in this economy are going to law school as a means of gaining entry into what they think will be a lucrative profession.