What is your local market? State / local gov makes fine money.
I don't have a "local market". All my connections are to major markets -- for @#!*'s sake, I grew up in DC. The secondary market that my new school is in is in absolute shambles (one of the worst), and both state and local gov't are contemplating catastrophic budget cuts so they're definitely not hiring ANYONE. Oh, and my SO refuses to live there. Like, flat-out despises the place.
I give up. I'm now sitting in interviews and thinking the whole time, Why am I even here? I have a Ropes interview later this afternoon and I'm honestly contemplating saying to the interviewer to just forget about talking about my resume because I'm obviously unqualified. Everyone they hired from my old school even before
ITE was law review, which I was not.