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OP here chiming in YEARS after my initial post.  In my prior post, I stated that I got a judicial clerkship working at the trial court level.  I ended up having that job for about 4 years.  Since then, I managed to leverage that position into an elbow clerk position with a justice at the appellate court.  The benefits are great, the hours are great, and the pay is respectable!  Perhaps my favorite part is that I am now 1/2 of the way to having all my law school debt forgiven under PSLF. 

To anyone reading this who is as desperate as I was back when I started this thread-- Keep your head up!  Good things WILL come if you work at it.   Best of Luck, everyone!

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: June 19, 2012, 02:18:48 PM »
Bumpy bump bump

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:02:19 PM »
I'm sorry, I thought you were referring to my "Law Clerk" position at my old job.  I didn't mean to belittle my clerkship.  Clerkships are among the most competitive jobs in the legal field for a reason.  Judicial Clerks have uncanny access to the thought process that judges use.  Having that kind of insight is something that can't be taught.  This (usually) translates into intreviews and job offers down the road. 

- LSDSL

My point exactly. The theory that "competitive" means "better".
By that theory the only person worth marrying is the one you win on the bachelor.


Did you stop reading after my third sentence? 

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:02:27 PM »
I'm sorry, I thought you were referring to my "Law Clerk" position at my old job.  I didn't mean to belittle my clerkship.  Clerkships are among the most competitive jobs in the legal field for a reason.  Judicial Clerks have uncanny access to the thought process that judges use.  Having that kind of insight is something that can't be taught.  This (usually) translates into intreviews and job offers down the road. 

- LSDSL

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:39:09 PM »
So after all this term being a clerk, was it all worth it?

I know people gun for those gigs, but I for the life of me can't tell why.

Hope you enjoy it and the best, I just wish you better is all.


It was worth it.  You have to take what you can get.  It's easier to talk about whatever experience you got rather than why you  have a tremendous gap in your resume's timeline. 

- LSDSL

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: March 13, 2012, 01:31:34 PM »
Since I'm the OP, I thought I'd update you all on my progress.  Recall, I started this thread when I woke up one night in a panic because I was studying for the bar and had no job.  After working as a Law Clerk at the firm I clerked for the summer before 3L, I was promoted to Staff Attorney, which was essentially a change in title only. 

Three weeks ago, I started a new job working for one of the counties near Chicago, where I have a sweet judicial clerkship gig.  Though the pay still isn't spectacular, I'm getting great experience, the hours are amazing, and it looks great on a resume. 

I know the job market still sucks but (I'm told) it's getting better little by little.  Please keep the faith, people.  If you're activly looking for work in the legal field, something will come.  Trust me. 

- LSDSL

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: October 02, 2010, 01:02:31 PM »
Hey all,

Well, I know some of you were looking for an update so I figured I would provide one:)  I'm still working at the same place that I did between 2L and 3L, and I'm still there as a "Law Clerk," though I'm making $17/hr and I have full benefits.  It certainly could be a lot worse, and it certainly could be a lot better, too.  There was an attorney position that opened up in the firm, but I didn't express an interest in it, as we practice primarily Family Law and I can't stand that area of law.  I honestly would want to practice as a family law attorney for one day.  Not to put down that discipline, but it's just not for me. 

I've just kept continuing to apply to jobs thru various law school's career boards, craigslist, etc.  I've had a few more intereviews but nothing that's materialized yet.  They say the job market is supposed to be getting better, but I don't see it.

How are you all doing?  We should keep updating one another.

Cheers and good luck


-LSDSL

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: April 05, 2010, 09:57:09 PM »
bump 8)

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: January 29, 2010, 10:17:28 PM »
Bump.

Just got rejected by a good firm. Blargh. How is everyone else doing?


Well, I got rejected from that job I interviewed for and really wanted.  Though things are looking up now... I just got re-hired as a Law Clerk at the firm I worked for before 3L.  It doesnt pay much, but at least its SOMETHING.  I dont want to become an actual attorney for the firm though, as I hate family law and they focus on family law.  I'm just going to keep applying and work this crappy job until something pops!  Good luck to everyone and dont give up hope!

West coast or in IL? If it's on the West Coast, I think it's very possible you got hired at the place I interviewed at. That would be hilarious.



I'm in Illinois, working in a suburb of chicago.  The good news is that I get to stay where my home is.  I do dislike my job though,so of course I'm gonna keep looking. 

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Job Search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: January 28, 2010, 05:52:15 PM »
Bump.

Just got rejected by a good firm. Blargh. How is everyone else doing?


Well, I got rejected from that job I interviewed for and really wanted.  Though things are looking up now... I just got re-hired as a Law Clerk at the firm I worked for before 3L.  It doesnt pay much, but at least its SOMETHING.  I dont want to become an actual attorney for the firm though, as I hate family law and they focus on family law.  I'm just going to keep applying and work this crappy job until something pops!  Good luck to everyone and dont give up hope!

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