Feature Article: 2 Young Lawyers’ Employment Journey

Faced with law school debt and a dearth of legal jobs, the husband and wife team of Will Woods and Phylinda Ramsey forged a much different path after graduating from law school in 2010. They took jobs, but they were not typical entry-level associate positions. They actually were not even related to the practice of law. And in fact, they were not even based in the United States. The pair went to work at a Chinese university in Qinhuangdao to teach English. They write that the “benefits were enticing: free lodging, a decent salary and a three-month paid vacation. The downside was obvious, given that we would be taking on jobs that were unrelated to our newly acquired law degrees.” But for two law students facing a stagnant legal market and no real job prospects, it was a “fairly easy choice” they say. Read more