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I guess this can be flamed b/c it is basically me having a pity party for myself. But here goes. I am near the top 10% of my class at a T4 school and do not have a job yet. I am involved in moot court and the works. I just had a callback interview for a firm a week and a half ago. The interview with all three interviewers went very well. I just got a rejection letter from them, 1 day before Christmas. So I am bummed.
I know it could be worse,and there are certainly lawyers and law students in this economy that are hurting worse than I am, but seriously could they have waited until after Christmas? So yeah, I'm bummed. If anyone else is in the same boat, feel free to vent.
I feel for the OP. There seem to be several problems at issue. With some 200 ABA accredited law schools and bar exams that merely test for competence, there is almost no barrier to entry to the profession. Law schools are cash cows for universities, so schools refuse to be upfront about the realities of the job market. Each year more and more JDs get pumped out with nowhere to go. It would be easy to say that the OP should have done his/her research before attending a Tier 4 school, but the truth is that honest information about the legal market is hard to come by. Although I go to a higher ranked school than the OP, I would be a hypocrite if I faulted the OP for making the decision to go to a Tier 4. I too was ill informed about the job market when I started school.
I just hope that this sort of information will become more available for potential law students. They need to know that attending lower tier schools may not be the best idea.
It's fine to vent. But honestly 1L year wasn't that hard. You aren't even at the bad part yet. Law review competition, I thought, was one of the worst times. And fall of 2L year will break you if you think 1L year is bad. Perspective will help. Also, if I remember correctly, you are straight from undergrad. People who worked first may be better at balancing the pressure.
I disagree with the statement on 3Ls. At my school, most of my friends are unemployed, and this includes those with top grades and great social skills, the middle of the class, and the bottom of the class. I only know a handful of people that have jobs lined up next year, and they had summer associate positions or were able to land a federal honors program. It seems pretty dismal at our school for the 3Ls
Modified to say - I only bring this up because at some schools the employment situation is really bad, and maybe even worse than the 2L's. I'd really like to see the employment statistics for my graduating class.
Ditto. I don't know a single person with a job outside of big firms and the federal government. The EIC of the LR, who has great people skills as far as I can tell, is unemployed, along with the rest of us do-gooder types. I have also heard that some of the BIGLAW types have had offers rescinded (though I don't have any direct knowledge of this).