OP: I graduated top 10% from a T2
It's real frustrating. I know a lot of others in my position. But I'm just trying to not get real upset (though I have my moments where I throw my Bar/Bri books down and ask what the point of all this is), pursue any lead I can, and I just study for the bar and figure when that's over I'll really do nothing else but look for a job.
I don't know if this makes you feel any better, but I hope it makes you realize you're not alone.
How did you end up at top 10% and law review, but no offers?
My school has a terrible, terrible OCI. There aren't more than 30 or so firms that come, and the ones that say they want "top 10%" will really only interview the top 3% or so, and the firms that want, say, "top 25%" only interview people ranked in the top 15%-25%. I even contacted some of those firms directly and said I was interested, but they didn't offer me OCI interviews. I just got ignored. I sent stuff out on my own...nothing but rejection letters.
I was told that my rank put me in a weird place where I was not "good enough" for Biglaw but still "too good" for most local midsize firms. Quite a few people ranked around me experienced the same thing.
I took the job I had over the summer of 2008 back in late Fall 2007, and they made it sound like, if they had room, they gave offers...and they always seemed to have room. They did not give any summers offers this year, because of the economy. I feel like I really got screwed, because an offer was even hinted at late in the summer when I was working there.
I do feel like I've been ignored and turned away by many local firms that my school's OCS thinks should be begging to hire me, yet no one can tell me why. I showed a million lawyers my resume and they all say it's great. Admittedly, I might come off a little shy and quiet in interviews. But I hardly get interviews to begin with.
My background is in biology, and I even applied to a posting for a first year associate at a local IP firm that wanted science backgrounds. When I didn't hear anything, I contacted the firm's HR and they told me they "had no interest" in me. Ouch.