Matthies wrote:Protip - use craigslist to find: used furniture, a roommate, or a Philippino she male. Don’t use Craigslist to find a legal job.
Apart from OCI which is only availabe to the top 10 % of students at most schools, could you please point us to the magical legal database of plush lawyer jobs, with dozens of postings for every city? The fact is that if you haven't secured a job through OCI or a judicial clerkship, C-list is what you're stuck with.
How many clerk postions have you had? How many legal jobs have you applied for while you were a 1L? How many firms have you worked for? How many lawyers and judges do you know? But your still an expert on how hiring works in a professon your where never really in and are not in now?
Ugh this, not understanding how people find jobs in the legal world, is the main reason law students have such a hard time finding decent jobs if they strike out from OCI. The single best way to find a job is knowing people in the legal community who can refer you for positions that are not even advertised yet.
If law students would get their asses out of the law school, join the bar association invest in meeting some lawyers and judges before they graduate they would not have to resort to replying to craigslist want ads. But they don’t. They put all their eggs in the OCI basket then act shocked when they have no job, no contacts and no hope after law school. Who you know beats everything else.
Additionally, in my market the bar association runs a job lsitever, 2-3 new attorney jobs and recently 4-5 paralegal jobs get posted each week. Why would they post jobs on the bar associations website? I have no idea, maybe its because they hope other lawyers might not recommend crap and they don’t have to resort putting out a news paper add and getting 500 resumes for one position. Of course you have to be a member of the local bar association, which is free for students, but surprisingly, again most law students don’t even join.
There are jobs out there, the better jobs get taken by the proactive applicants and lesser jobs get taken by the re-active applicants waiting for someone to post on Craigslist a job so 1000 people can apply for it.
How do you think lawyers lateral? They wait for a want add on cragislist sayi ng LATERAL WANTED. Or maybe they ask people they know, other lawyers and stuff, if they know of anything. I know, its crazy to ask people, like other lawyers and stuff, if there are any jobs out there when you can rely on Craigslist. But people do crazy things.