They represent consumers who are injured at work, in car accidents, defective prescription drugs, cars that catch on fire because of bad parts, etc. They sue people and companies that break the law (civil law). Defense lawyers represent people who are being sued, typically corporations. Republicans don't like trial lawyers because they give to the Democrat party and represent the poor and middle class. The rich can pay $500 per hour to the same fat cats that work for corporate America.
Unfortunately, you and thousands others in EVERY state are hard pressed to find jobs since the law field is saturated.
Law schools love to churn out new lawyers each year, with no expectation of finding work. I bet you, they told you of their success rate of all their graduates finding jobs w/in a year, or of big expected salaries?
To add insult to injury, many of you could have huge student loans that you are stuck paying off.
good luck, you will need it.
I found this article of the statistics and validates the problems of an over-satuated field out there.