You got to be kidding me. 50 resumes!!! I bet you they were all large NALP firms too. I can't believe they published this guy's story. If I don't find work by next fall I'm sending them my story (see: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=109486
). My story is 9 billion times worse than this guy at Northwestern considering I applied to roughly 1500 employers (including volunteer work) and got dinged everywhere but a shitlaw practice that pays their 1st year associates $37K /year. I bet there were some times where I sent out more than 50 resumes in an hour during my search..
Okay, if you don't want to read the link, here's a quick blurb:
t14underground wrote:....I am a t10 transfer student and transferred from a t3 .... After my first year I was in the top 5 students in my class at my t3 (top 2%). I pulled straight As my entire first year (i.e. As and A-s). I had several book awards (highest grade in the class) in several classes, including LRW both semesters. I also had the best memo/brief both semesters ....
Comparing my current GPA at my t10 to the graduating class last year, I am roughly at top 5% of my class currently at my t10.
During the fall after the OCI list was released I applied to every single firm on NALP in one major market (either NYC, LA, or Chicago – I’m trying to retain some anonymity here), and applied to every single NALP firm in 3 other states, including the one my school is in. Additionally, I applied to every firm that was over the size of 10 attorneys in that same major market. Then I applied to every single federal government agency that there is, as well as a few state agencies in NY/LA/Chicago. I ended up a total of 1 phone screening interview from a firm in the state my school is in, and 1 other screening interview. Besides that, I was rejected from every single employer I applied to. Then later, I was rejected by every single firm I interviewed with at OCI as well as those 2 firms I interviewed with from outside of OCI. Altogether, I am sure I applied to over 500 legal employers. I also want to note that my resume and cover letter were read thoroughly and “cleaned up” as much as possible by the CSO (I had them read it 3 times), so there wasn’t just some typo or other mistakes on there – both of those were literally as clean at they could be....
After spring grades came out (had straight As here at my t10 – around top 5%), I applied pretty heavily again. I should note that grades didn’t come out until February) I applied to:
-A total of 120 judges for judicial internships (including all federal judges in those locations, and the state supreme court, and state court of appeals in the state I am in),
-Every single corporate in-house position listed on our board for any state (around 50 listings),
-I reapplied to every 10+ law firm in NY/LA/Chicago that I previously applied to (including all shitlaw practices),
-Every single law firm over 2 attorneys in NY/LA/Chicago (including all shitlaw practices),
-Every single 10+ law firm in 2 other states (including the one my school is in) (including all shitlaw practices), and
- 10 public defender’s offices
Altogether, I am sure I applied to around 1500 legal employers in the spring. I ended up getting a total of 7 interviews out of the judges I applied to, 1 interview with one of the PDs offices, 1 offer from the local PDs office, and 1 law firm interview in the state my school is in. Besides that, I received rejection letters from every single place I applied to (you should have just seen my mail & email boxes for the first couple weeks after applying to all these places).
The law firm that I got an interview from practices in personal injury/medical malpractice and is approximately a size of 20 attorneys. I ended up interviewing with the law firm first out of everything and received an offer via email by the time I came home from the interview. I talked to the CSO and they told me that I should accept the offer and just withdraw elsewhere since it would be my best bet if I want to work at some firm post-graduation, and therefore, I did just that. I fucking hate personal injury and have absolutely no desire to practice in this area of law (and really don’t want to be in this state either – I just transferred here with the thought it was “national” in placement and would allow me to find work in my home state of NY/CA/IL). Additionally, I am being compensated the same this summer as a first-year associate at this firm, which comes out to $37K /year!! The sad thing about this is that I don’t doubt for a second that I would not have gotten this summer associateship had I not transferred and had the grades I do at my current school, and the grades I did in LRW last year.