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In Commencement Speech, Law Prof Tells Grads Coveting Big-Money Jobs to ‘Get over It’

Posted May 26, 2011 7:14 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Video of Emory University School of Law
commencement. The portion of the speech quoted
in the post starts at 41:25.

Emory University law professor Sara Stadler thinks law grads need to stop coveting high-paying jobs that just aren’t available. And she said so in a commencement speech earlier this month.

"Get over it,” Stadler told law grads. “The one thing standing in the way of happiness for many people is a sense of entitlement." The Fulton County Daily Report covered the speech.

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, and not a taker. ... Givers tend to be happy people, on the whole. Takers are never satisfied. I want you to be satisfied with your professional lives. That's why I do this for a living. To look back later and say … look at the people I helped."

Updated at 4:21 p.m. to include video of speech.

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