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In her commencement speech to 2011 graduates, Emory University law professor Sara Stadler told law grads that they need to stop coveting high-paying jobs that just aren’t available.  “Get over it,” Stadler told them. “The one thing standing in the way of happiness for many people is a sense of entitlement.”  

Stadler said many law grads don’t have jobs or didn’t get the job they wanted, and she wished she could change that, according to the story. But that doesn’t mean opportunities for happiness are lacking. “You might have to move to Nebraska,” Stadler said. “You might have to join a small firm where they don’t make the big bucks.  You might also have to learn to be a giver, not a taker. Givers tend to be happy people. Takers are never satisfied. I want you to be satisfied with your professional lives. To look back later and say … look at the people I helped … to simplify the parts of their lives that intersected with the law. Because that’s what everyone wants. That’s what they need. And that’s what the law needs, too.”

To read more about Professor Stadler’s speech as reported on www.law.com, click here.

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