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3L With No Job Experience!!!

3L With No Job Experience!!!
« on: January 09, 2009, 12:51:16 PM »
I'm a 3L. I was unable to get ANYTHING for my first or second summers because I have poor grades. I'm getting really scared that I'm going to be unhirable when I graduate. I have no way of paying back all the loans I took out. Am I completely f-ed?

Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2009, 01:17:09 PM »
most likely.

Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2009, 05:32:00 PM »
I would think that you should quickly apply for an externship to build up your resume. Have you taken any clinics?

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Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009, 05:57:03 PM »
If you couldn't get unpaid internships your 1L and 2L summmer, it probably doesn't have much to do with your grades or law school for that matter.

Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2009, 10:47:12 AM »
I couldn't get any internships. Only one employer responded to my application. I have a very weak resume and can't seem to fix this because it's a catch-22.

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Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2009, 10:56:59 AM »
I couldn't get any internships. Only one employer responded to my application. I have a very weak resume and can't seem to fix this because it's a catch-22.

What did you do during the summers?

Also, have you tried applying for in-school clinics?  You can list these as "Experience" on your resume.

Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2009, 10:59:49 AM »
I didn't do ANYTHING during the summers. I was really miserable.

I did a clinic. I listed it on my resume. I don't consider it real experience. I don't think employers would, either.

I couldn't get any internships. Only one employer responded to my application. I have a very weak resume and can't seem to fix this because it's a catch-22.

What did you do during the summers?

Also, have you tried applying for in-school clinics?  You can list these as "Experience" on your resume.

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Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2009, 11:04:04 AM »
I didn't do ANYTHING during the summers. I was really miserable.

I did a clinic. I listed it on my resume. I don't consider it real experience. I don't think employers would, either.

I'm sorry to hear that.  At this point, you have to try to sell your clinical experience as real experience, so take the time to talk to your clinical professor about how your clinic was similar and different to jobs in the field.  Also, term-time externships at legal services and local government organizations are usually non-competitive.  I would urge you to drop an academic class and add a clinical externship this semester.  Finally, join an established pro bono project at your law school (e.g., volunteering at the courthouse to help people in eviction proceedings, escorting domestic violence survivors to court, helping people with their taxes).

Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2009, 11:28:07 AM »
The deadline to apply for externships has long since passed.

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Re: 3L With No Job Experience!!!
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2009, 11:32:11 AM »
The deadline to apply for externships has long since passed.

There's no one deadline for externships.  I get the feeling you've gotten yourself into a negative spiral that's making you unwilling or unable to take action.  Even if you can't get credit for it (which I doubt since all schools have an add-drop period), you can surely volunteer for ten hours a week somewhere which is worth more than nothing.