I have perusing this board long before I entered law school, and have the following advice/observations/complaints to offer:As far as employment goes, it is only your own fault if you do not have a job. Stop blaming the market, or your school's rank, or the career services department. I have come to realize that many law students are just lazy. When I was made fun of for sending out 285 resumes my first year, I bought into the criticisms. People constantly said, "I can't believe you spent $600 bucks on sending out resumes, I would never do that." I received 282 rejections, and 3 offers. I got to work at a medium sized litigation firm, and when the summer was over I had $5000 in the bank and 15 or so writing samples. I wasn't top of my class, I don't go to a T14 school; it was mere effort. If you never send out resumes, you will never get a job, it is as simple as that. Go ahead and have fun on your study abroads and vacationing your 1L summer, but don't come crying to the LSD when your SOL about not having a job.
I would send letters to every jurisdiction, in every state, for any sort of job, until something bit.Until you have done that, then you can whine and moan.
All of you are right...just keep doing what you've been doing, it seems to be working very well. I try to offer advice, and it was rebuffed quite harshly.Let me know how that whole "not sending letters" strategy works out
I sent out about 80 personalized letters to firms I REALLY wanted to work at; the rest were emailed through a mail merge.Surprisingly, my job came from one of the mail merge emails