For some Americans, there's not much sympathy for lawyers who are suddenly jobless.
They make more money than the Average Joe, with the nation's million-or-so employed lawyers averaging $118,280 in 2007, or $56.87 an hour, according to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
And the number of out-of-work lawyers is minuscule compared with the manufacturing sector, which had 945,000 unemployed workers last year, or the construction industry, which saw more than 1 million jobs disappear in 2008.
But those careers don't require four years of college plus a degree from a law school that costs about $70,000 to attend."My computer is about to die with the amount of resumes I've sent out," said Tim Brown, 32, of Alexandria, Va. Brown was laid off from his job working on franchise law for the National Auto Dealers Association on March 26 and has sent out hundreds of resumes. The response? "'We've received your resume. Thank you very much,'" said Brown, who made April's loan payment but is concerned about May.