It's not rough for people who are already lawyers, it's rough for graduates of law school because there aren't enough lawyer jobs to around. Just another reason to do your research before spending tens of thousands of dollars on a potentially worthless degree.
The problem is, the majority of guidance counselors and career advisors are dipshits and know absolutely nothing about today's world. Honestly, that's a general problem with anybody in the "has a career" crowd. Unless they've been unemployed in the last 5 years, they have no clue what it takes anymore.
The idea that your degree itself is worth something is a joke. What IS worth something is the ass kissing and brown nosing you do while you're in college (when people at least pretend to care about your existence). If I had it to do all over again, I'd go to school in the same town (or at least the same county) as where I wanted to work afterward, and I'd spend the entire time licking my professors' collective balls.
In today's job market, that is basically the only shot you have of getting a job with no experience (unless you were given a silver spoon by mommy and daddy). At least through your school, you can beg/bribe/con/fuck/blackmail/etc. one of your professors/deans/chancellors/etc. to convince one of their old golfing buddies that you're not completely worthless and might actually be able to do the job. There are so many displaced workers right now, without this, you're going to run into "not enough experience"...but you need experience to get experience...yup.
In the meantime, the grace period on your loan has run out, you're applying for deferments, and trying to get a shit job to pay the bills (which you're "overqualified" for). The application process is like putting your name into a hat. There's no human interaction anymore. Upload your resume online, fill out the application, click submit, and pray that you've won the lottery. Most companies also warn you not to call to follow up anymore because they're flooded with applications. So, you sit and wait and most likely never hear anything. You might as well be filling out surveys on "paid to surf" websites. This is the new "American Dream".
I wish I had gone into a field that has a bright future...like selling drugs, lol.