One of my classmates and buddies has been interviewing with companies for non-lawyer positions for about a year (he's just over being a lawyer, I think). He says that it's a rock and a hard place - he's either admitting that he hated his last job (bad in an interview), that he was a crummy attorney (also bad), being pushed out involuntarily (interviewer's impression), or that a cubicle job pushing paper from 8-5 is better than a "cushy law firm job" (which is something only former biglaw-ers are going to believe - and they aren't interviewing for these positions). He's been very depressed over the situation. He's recently started leaving the JD off of his resume and finds the gap year far easier to explain (I think he's using "study abroad" or something along those lines) than why he would leave a law firm to work for Acme & Sons. Just FYI, the generally dismal advice here might not be universally applicable, which is something I'd forgotten. I hear from cohorts that IP law is doing well and in fact that qualified IP lawyers are in demand. (That's also one of the higher-paying specialties.) Miss Alice, BLL, have you heard anything related to that area of practice lately?