That's an understandable question. I interviewed at a bunch of firms for summer associate positions, but nothing panned out. It was very frustrating. Perhaps my interviewing skills needed some work, though I thought most of them went pretty well. It appeared that to get a SA job in NYC from my law school (Buffalo), you needed to either be on the law review or have straight A's. I also did a fair amount of interviewing at upstate new york firms (Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, Binghamton, etc.), but nothing came of them...It seemed that the upstate new york firms, especially those in Buffalo and Rochester, were looking for students who hailed from those cities.
During the interview with the magistrate judge, he came right out and asked me if this was a back up plan. I had to answer in the affirmative.
I figured that clerking for a judge would place me in a better position to get a big law job (not Cravath or Sullivan, but you know what i mean...) than would be working at a 3-5 person Buffalo firm for $8 /hr. (Though, as it turned out, I guess beggers shouldn't be choosey).
(Note: At Buffalo, LR selection is based on 50% grades and 50% casenote...which makes it possible to be in the top 10%, but not be on law review.)
I got you. Well I still think you'll be able to get a job after graduation in NYC if you keep your grades up and really hit the pavement. You just won't be handed it on a platter. Good luck.