That shouldn't be happening.
After all, as he explains in a first-person article in the National Law Journal, his brother was on the brick of a great career path in BigLaw. Then the call came from his future employer Thacher (TBW). In 12 seconds it told him the firm was going to be no more. So there was no longer a job there for him. For a while bro knocked about. Then he used his fallback, skills in software.
In addition, McClendon is no naive new college graduate engaging in magical thinking. He had already done 10 years in journalism. He knew the realities of the grim job market in law.
But, hey, things weren't so hot any more in journalism. He recognized he needed an exit strategy. Tulsa gave him a tuition scholarship. And his wife is working full time. Yes, he could "afford" to take this gamble.
Currently, he has no master game plan. But since he was shrewd enough to get his story published in the National Law Journal, the odds are that he will find the doors in the legal sector which can be opened.
This blog wishes McClendon amazing success.