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3L job search / Re: Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: August 23, 2009, 07:53:57 AM »

BTW studying for the Bar is no picnic.

OP- I emailed you some suggestions.

PLS just post here.  I didn't get an email. 

Ohhh I didn't realize you were the LSD police.  Next time I want to post something, I'll be sure to check with you first. 


Best advice here, but entails more work that bitching about not having a job and how hard it is to get one.

Thanks for your advice, buddy.  That really added a derth of information to the conversation.  Over 5,000 posts, huh?  Derrrrrr

You should be disheartened.  It's a miserable process because it seems so hopeless at times.  There's really nothing wrong with being miserable in and of itself.  It's a perfectly normal reaction to your situation.  Just don't let your miserableness turn into a depression that keeps you from doing what you need to do.  Study for the bar, take the bar exam, and then start looking for a job. 

As far as getting a job without knowing whether you passed the bar exam first, if an employer doesn't want to talk to you until after you pass the bar, then that's fine, just keep a running list of these employers.  If an employer doesn't even respond to you, keep a running list of these employers as well so you can try to contact them again after you pass the bar.     

Is there anyone else out there in my situation?  How unusual is it to be studying for the bar as a recent graduate and not already have a job?

Get a job.  What do you expect people to tell you?  Searching for a job sucks and it will probably be hard, but you do all the things you need to do to get a job - send out resumes, look for jobs, and NETWORK.  If you're from the area, you should know some lawyers.  Everyone knows lawyers or, at the very least, knows people who know lawyers.  Talk to these lawyers.  Ask them if they know of anyone who's hiring.  Ask them if they have any bright ideas about how you can get a job.  Go to where lawyers hang out (for example, bar association events) and talk to lawyers there.  It's really not rocket science, it just sucks.  You might not end up with the job you want either, but you'll end up with a job and that's a start.     

I know I know I know.  It's just that I'm so disheartened and fed up with the whole process, though I do like your idea a whole lot better than joining the military!  I wish I just had some statistics to let me know that I'm not alone.  Especially w/ this economy, there must be a huge number of law grads w/o jobs.  I wish I knew what percentage of law students take the bar exam w/o knowing where/if they'll be working.

3L job search / Studying for the BAR, huge DEBT, no JOB, WHAT DO DO?
« on: June 24, 2009, 01:18:27 AM »
I'm in a real jam here and hoping someone out there has some advice for me. 

Here's my situation:  I just graduated from a west coast regional school ranked in the 60's on USNWR, I've got a 3.0, and wrote onto law review.  I had legal jobs both law school summers but nothing to exciting.  Now, I'm studying for the bar exam in IL (which is where im from and where I want to practice) but have no job and no prospects.  I want to work in Chicago but I have no network or leads and to make matters worse, I'm in debt in excess of 150K.  I'm going crazy.  What do I do?  Will things turn out well for me??? Any advice would be appreciated.  I'm just looking for some guidance.

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