« on: August 23, 2009, 07:53:57 AM »
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OP- I emailed you some suggestions.
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.
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.