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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Worse than your craziest nightmare
« on: September 01, 2011, 02:38:23 PM »
One of the problems is that the qualifications for being accepted to law school are different than those for getting a job. You can ace the LSAT but do terrible in a interview. In order to get the interview, you have to have good credentials; in order to pass the interview you have to be personable, presentable, quick-thinking, and impressive. You probably shouldn't even go to law school unless you are outgoing and can carry on a conversation easily. We don't know enough about that #2 graduate who couldn't get a job to know WHY he didn't get a job.
And bigs is right about having to put in a little extra effort. Get your congressman to write you a recommendation letter. Network as much as you can. Go for those summer intern jobs and make sure you impress them so they will want to hire you. Participate in mock trial and journal and anything else that will set you apart from the crowd.
If you are worried about paying back your loans, take a job with the government and they will help pay for your loan. You can also do volunteer work or become a teacher in a low income area to receive loan forgiveness.

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Everyone is having trouble finding jobs in the current economic climate.
I just started today at Fordham.
My boyfriend is a 2L at NYU. Last week law firms came to interview all the 2L's. They will offer summer internships. If they like how he does over the summer, then there is a good chance that they will hire him when he graduate.
I think there have always been more law school grads than jobs, even when the economy has been good.
You might not get a job in a big firm, or get to practice the kind of law you want, but I think there will always be opportunities in the less desirable fields, like social security law, and in less desirable geographical areas.

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