Law School Discussion

Poll

Is the summer associate market really bad or is this all in our heads?

I have at least one offer
54 (72%)
I go to a T14 and have no offers
4 (5.3%)
I have no offers
17 (22.7%)

Total Members Voted: 75

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« on: October 06, 2008, 04:39:17 PM »
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nealric

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Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 12:27:24 PM »
I do know a few people here at GULC who have no offers.

Everyone gets callbacks, but the callback/offer ratio is pretty grim. I'm very fortunate to have one offer on the table, hoping for more (still waiting on the results of 4 callbacks)

Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 12:37:46 PM »
well, i finally got an offer myself.  The ratio is very grim indeed...

Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2008, 12:57:18 PM »
Got and accepted an offer.

First Tier school. Firm is in NJ.

Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2008, 01:02:30 PM »
6 callbacks - 3 offers - 1 no offer - 2 outstanding

Not bad eh? And here's the funniest part, the "no offer" was a total hatchet job on my part.

Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2008, 02:35:30 PM »
6 callbacks - 4 offers - accepting my top choice today. 

The two no-offers were both from different offices of the same firm.  Ironically they were by far my two best "performances" since I was familiar with the people at the firm beforehand.  One of the associates later told me that they were severely reducing their summer program for the upcoming summer so who knows whether that played into it.

The sense I get from people at my T20 is that things are about the same as usual.  People outside the top 35% (including me) are getting biglaw jobs.  As to whether they are outliers or representative of the whole I have no clue.  I know a few people inside the top 15% with LR that are struggling but again, who knows whether they are outliers or not. 

I'm kind of surprised to hear about the struggles of others as I was way outside the supposed biglaw cutoff at my school without anything interesting on my resume and no connections and still made out really well in comparison to what I had been told to expect. 

Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2008, 05:21:13 PM »
its definitely bad. People at my school were told we would all get jobs even if we were in the bottom 10% of our class. This hasn't been the case this year. There are still many people without offers. But I have received 6 offers.

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Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2008, 05:06:52 AM »
Above the Law just released survey results on how hiring is going.  It painted a pretty dismal picture.

http://abovethelaw.com/2008/10/fall_recruiting_follow-up.php

Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2008, 05:40:39 AM »
11 screening, 1 callback, 1 offer. 

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Re: How's the job search going?
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2008, 08:12:39 AM »
Top 20, Law Review, no offers and very little interviewing.

The outlook is grim indeed. I am trying to network my butt off now.

Does anyone have advice on emailing alumni? What is the protocol, etc? I am such a wimp but emailing random people that I don't know is something I wish I did not have to do!