SteelReserve wrote:a 2L. I never thought I would be in this situation. I have a few non-SA options but don't know how to even go about choosing between them.
a 2L. I never thought I would be in this situation. I have a few non-SA options but don't know how to even go about choosing between them.
You take whichever one gives you a shot at post-grad employment. But of course odds are the jobs do not since SA is pretty much the only way that happens. So take the job that gives you some $ so you can at least put a few thousand in the bank. If unpaid, just take one that is a good fit and might play well for a clerkship.
Keep grades up and get published on whatever journal you're on. At this point your goal should be getting a clerkship. You realistically have no other options.
There's no way OP is going to get a fed clerkship (or state supreme court) to backdoor his way into biglaw. There were roughly 410,000 applications for federal clerkships last year for 1200 spots. It was roughly a 67% increase in clerkship apps from the year before. This year is predicted to be much, much more competitive. The bottom line is if you couldn't get biglaw, there is no way you are getting a federal clerkship (not even for a magistrate or specialty judge).