I cannot stress this enough: GO, GO, GO the Loyola Patent Interview program. It is usually the last week in July. You ought to be able to get something out that. I will say that I got very little out of my schools local OCI, but most of those firms weren't very IP focused. There is also a pretty good one for the south east that is a few days before, if you want to work in the south east.
am I in trouble w/ biglaw prospects? or do I just have a perspective problem and am feeling screwed for no good reason?
Yes, the Loyola PLIP is strongly recommended. If you aren't landing anything good after callbacks from that, AIPLA has another interview event in late October.