totebag wrote:Hi, everyone. I've been a lurker on TLS since last summer, and I decided to join today. I, like most of you, am heading to Columbia this fall as a part of 2012. I'd like to thank everyone for their wonderful posts about NYC and the school. The thread has been really informative, especially for someone who has not lived in the city.
That being said, I was wondering if any of you are as anxious as I am about Columbia's job prospects and the health of the legal field generally. I have been very surprised that nobody has posted anything about what is happening in the legal market within this thread. I mean, we are all 0Ls right now, but 2010 OCI is really not that far away. Having signed my loan papers the other day, the downturn in the economy has suddenly become very real and very scary to me. How are all of you coping with this? I might just be too pessimistic for my own good, but I can't help but worry about the daily ATL postings and the difficulties that have been presented to the most recent graduates.
I think all (or most) of us are aware of the chaos in the legal market, and the potential negative ramifications for us. However, my perspective is while it's worth keeping in mind and being concious of this, beyond a certain point it's not helpful to worry about. The die is already cast, as it were, and no one really knows what things are going to be like in 2012, so stressing out is just going to raise your blood pressure. Now that you're committed, the best thing to do is work hard and do well, realizing that that is one of the only things you can control, and will put you in the best position for OCI, regardless of how much worse or better the market is.
I'd also add, you should take some comfort in the fact that you're going to Columbia. It's not the "free pass" it was in the past (everyone gets a 160k job, wheeeee!!), but it still puts you in a lot better position than many other people. This does not mean you can afford to slack off or not be diligent about work and job searches, but recognize that you have a leg up on most.
Oh, and reading ATL every day will kill you. Check in every so often, but don't be obsessive about it.