I did not do a 1L SA gig. My firm is NOT a V100 firm so I guess they play by a little different rules. Not sure if that's good or bad...
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Thank you! And thanks for the advice.
I honestly don't know why this is getting to me so much. I have had much worse things happen in real life. Academically speaking, this is the lowest I've ever been. In fact, part of the reason I am so depressed is that I've turned down/walked away from a few "dream jobs" in favor of law school. Now I'm terrified that those decisions will come back to haunt me if I lose this job opportunity.
I came to law school to advance my career in my chosen field (government) and ended up doing really well my first year and couldn't turn down the law firm money. My fiancee and I could not believe that we could be making that amount of money. Now I'm starting to regret not taking the other "dream jobs." So I guess I DO know why this is getting me so down.
My firm has given offers to EVERY summer associate for the last 10 summers.
My confidence is completely shattered. I keep telling myself to suck it up and move on, but I just can't. These last few days have been just terrible. I know there are much worse things in life but I am really beginning to HATE law school and everything about it.
I'm still waiting on one more grade from the Fall (my 3rd semester) but my GPA for the semester is horrible. C-, B, A- so far. I worked harder this last semester then I've ever worked in my academic life. Just like many other people, I had OCI/Callbacks, Journal, and three very tough courses. But I am now TERRIFIED of not getting an offer at the end of the summer because of my grades. My rank is gonna fall from top 20% to probably 40% or so. I am so embarrassed about it and I feel like garbage when I talk to my family about it.
I spoke to Career Services here and to various friends (3Ls) and they all told me that there was no way of guaranteeing anything but that my offer was 99% safe for the SA position. They also said that grades play a very small role in the decision whether to make a full-time offer at the end of the summer. I am still terrified, though. I have been so depressed the last few days and I have little motivation to do any work (I know, that's the worst thing right now).
The worst part is that I already have TWO other C's on my transcript. Somehow I was still in the Top 20% because one of the Cs was a two-credit class and all of my other grades were A's.
Anyone have any advice (besides, do better next semester)? Any similar stories? What were the outcomes? Should I be completely freaking out? Someone talk me down off the ledge.
And you can keep your $80K in bug-infested Florida. I make $45K more then that and have to bill the same amount of hours (1700-1900). At my "school to avoid at all costs" top 1/3 is pulling in offers from firms in the $100-$145K range at firms that require only 1700-2000 hours. But yeah, my school should be avoided at all costs because it isn't in NYC.
Since when are Seton Hall and/or Rutgers-Newark "the worst schools in the NYC market"? Ever heard of Pace, Touro, NYLS, Hofstra, St. John's, etc? SHU and R-N are right there with Brooklyn and slightly below Cardozo. I go to one of those "poo" schools and I had no problem finding a SA job and I wasn't top 10% of my class. The guy in the article is obviously an idiot with no interview skills and/or is lazy as hell.
FSU is poo compared to UF. You should consider changing markets. Besides Florida is a joke of a market anyway. Biglaw = $125K LOLOLOLOL
« on: August 26, 2008, 01:01:41 PM »
Ok so the previously discussed interview turned into a callback interview. I received the call yesterday. I'm so glad it didn't turn into one of the downer stories that you guys relayed on here. Thanks again for the advice and responses!
Yeah, I was a little confused by their request (read: demand).
So if I apply outside of school, should I explain in the cover letter that I applied through OCI but was not selected? How does one say that without sounding like a complete jerk? Because you are basically saying "you didn't select me, but I think you should take another look at me." I guess I have to try to get across that I am legitimately interested in them despite not being chosen? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all that have already responded!
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