This is the credited response.
OCI is only for people in the top 1/3. And some of them still don't find their jobs through OCI. Work your contacts the best way you can, and you have work experience that means volumes to employers.
Do the best that you can, but get your diploma, pass the bar, and go practice law. Nothing is stopping you. You may have to work a little harder, but most people do. People forget that outside of the top 25% of the class is 75% of the class. That is a majority. Remember, a majority of people are faced with the same decision that you are, and are going to take the same approach. You are more fortunate b/c you already have some contacts.
It seems like you have pretty much figured it out. I wouldnt expect a job through OCI which is fine. As you are a non-traditional student, you have many skills that smaller practitioners will love. Just keep the networking up and keep plugging along.
Agreed. Screw OCI. And screw grades for that matter. Just graduate, pass the bar and kick ass on your own. Law school exams test your ability to do well on law school exams. That's about it.
It's nice to see a post from somebody who understands that law school is just a nuisance standing in the way of the practice of law.