What do you think the resale value on your law degree is? Earlier this year, a San Francisco lawyer put his degree up for sale on Craigslist and found out.
The Georgetown grad was miserable working for a large law firm in Silicon Valley. So he quit and posted his degree in the Craigslist “For Sale” section for “the bargain basement price of $59,250″ — the current value of his student loan balance — or best offer. He hoped to get rid of the piece of paper with “the amazing ability to keep you from doing what you really want to do in life, all in the name of purported prestige and financial success.”
Back in March, the best offer had come from a documentary filmmaker who offered to give the miserable lawyer $50 to “piss on the diploma and then set it on fire.”
That would have been a serious markdown on the $100,000 degree. We checked back in with him this week and found out that a slightly better offer came along…
The anonymous Biglawyer, who goes by the email handle “Lawyers Suck,” made us jealous by telling us he is currently traveling abroad. His trip isn’t financed by a huge payoff on the Craigslist sale. He got more than $50 for his degree, but not much more. He tells us:
Amazingly, a Plaintiff’s lawyer from Southern California purchased my law degree for 10% of the asking price, $592.50. I mailed it to him about a month ago after he sent me the check.
More like 1%.
The purchasing lawyer’s “generosity” helped convince “Lawyers Suck” that not all lawyers suck:
This dude is living proof that not all lawyers are anal jackasses. He told me that he decided to purchase the degree simply because he thought the post was funny and that it was the best lawyer bashing he’d seen. If only all lawyers were as chill as this guy.
What’s the next step for Lawyers Suck?
Now I´m traveling nomadically abroad trying to recover from years surrounded by drone a-hole lawyers. My therapy includes sitting my ass on a beach for at least eight billable hours a day, drinking cheap beer, and doing absolutely nothing. The $592.50 will buy me at least 750 beers in the poor ass countries I’m traveling through, but in an effort to subsidize my drinking even more I´m taking donations via Pay Pal from anyone who would like to donate to a worthy cause. ATL readers can send their donations of 75 cents (the typical cost of a beer in a third world country) via Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t promise anything in return, but I may think of the donor trapped in an office wasting his/her life away billing hours while I sip on a cold beer on the beach.
Hugs and kisses to all the lawyers out there,
Maybe you could pay this guy for rights to his story for a screenplay. This sounds like the makings for a movie called “Law Firm Office Space.”