I'd say that odds of getting a BIGLAW job through OCI may be slim-to-none, and even if you get your grades up, OCI may never pan out for you, even as a 3L (big firms that actually hire 3Ls seem to look for people who worked for big firms their 2L summer and maybe weren't happy at the firm or whatever, or simply decided on a different market, etc.).But that doesn't mean you can't get a firm job at all, and it won't leave you jobless. If you haven't already, join your city bar association if there is one, and the state bar student division as well. Go to networking events in practice areas you're interested in. Start getting to know people at smaller and midsized firms. That's where your best prospect lie.And definitely apply for OCI. You never know what you'll get. But networking and hitting non-BIGLAW firms and gov't agencies will probably be more likely.Finally, beating Matthies to it, I recommend Guerrilla Tactics For Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams. THere's tons of networking tips and advice for researching jobs, applying, interviewing, etc.
soo it looks like my IL gpa is going to be around a 3.0 (if even that), which sucks majorly. i go to a school ranked in the 50's/60's, and my gpa puts me somewhere around the middle (maybe lower) of my class. i'm super worried about oci in the summer, and doubt i'll be able to get a 2L summer gig. so i guess my question is, where does a person in my position look for a 2L summer job? ideally, i would like to work at a mid-size or smaller firm. and, if i do better my 2L year, is it possible for me to get "back on track"?
soo it looks like my IL gpa is going to be around a 3.0 (if even that), which sucks majorly. i go to a school ranked in the 50's/60's, and my gpa puts me somewhere around the middle (maybe lower) of my class.
I went to a similarly ranked school and was in a similar position. At my school, the OCI employers specified class ranks which could apply. I was excluded from about 98% of interviews because I wasn't in the top third.