sunynp wrote:Have you read any of the employment threads on this forum? Are you seriously trying to say that unemployed t14 grads didn't get jobs because they don't have people skills? Do you understand the concepts of bidding, lottery and the mandatory curve? Do you know how hard it is to find a job in Chicago or in California- outside of ip?
Please note I'm talking about t14 students here, not the bottom of the barrel. What about the top20 -25 grads- do you think they don't network enough? Or have terrible personalities?
The reality is that there are not enough jobs, biglaw or otherwise, for all the qualified applicants.
1. I work as a clerk for a law firm in Chicago. I am very aware of the current legal environment.
2. Yes, I understand how legal employment works. See above mention of being employed by a law firm right now.
3. I am a firm believer in “it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.” I believe it because I was roommates with a person who was median at Mizzou and met a partner of a defense litigation boutique at a bar. He now works at that firm making fairly good money (not big-law money, but close). I have been explicitly told at the firm I am at now that if I get median at Illinois/peer school that I have a job waiting for me.
I come from a middle class family, but my parents didn’t give me anything for school. I paid for it all myself through grants/ working the door at a bar and working my way up to bartender. I got a job in the field I wanted to work in out of college with an English and Political Science degree and a 3.0 GPA. (granted, I am only making 15 an hour, but I had an offer for a job working for the university starting at 38 plus benefits)
ETA: There is a big difference between “can’t find a job” and “can’t find a job that I don’t feel is below me/ can’t find a job good enough to pay off the debt I willingly chose to put myself into”