Tier 4 law student here. Smart enough to finish in the top 3% of the class, but not smart enough to try and transfer to a top 25 law school. From what I've been reading, most of you top tier kids are not getting the amount of top firm interviews/callbacks/offers you would in a better economy. Naturally this trickles down to us, and while normally the top 15% kids (with interview skills) can land SA positions at 200-500 attorney corporate firms, now they won't even interview us.
I managed to hustle and land a job with a good 30-50 attorney firm. I like the firm, but it does not have the corporate clients or practices areas I'd like.
Now what? Seems I'll be having the same problem with judicial clerkships as I did with the big firms.