baby lawyer wrote:I'm reading a lot of these articles where no-offered Biglaw summer associates graduate law school with no job and move back home to work in some menial job to make ends meet for a while. This strikes me as odd -- is it that difficult for someone who was qualified enough to obtain a Biglaw SA position to get a legal job in a smaller to mid-sized firm? Even working as an associate in a 2-3 atty office has to be better than working in music sales, especially for your resume?
The problem is that most law students, especially at schools where in the past jobs were provided to them through the school, have no idea how to land jobs outside of OCI or mass mailing. Neither of these are effective for landing jobs at small or medium sized law firms because they don't normally do OCI, they don't respond well to unsolicited resumes and highering at these firms tends to be word of mouth/recommendation.
Hence law students who don't look outside the school for connections before they graduate find themselves shut out of those avenues for finding jobs. Many give up or resort to responding to want ads. And anyone who has been in a manager position or owned their own company will tell you that placing a 'want add' is typically your last resort for finding good employees.
Typically you ask your current employees if they know anyone they can personal receond that would fit into the company, or you ask your peers, before you place a blind add for the general public. If your company has a good rep and happy employees then you often get plenty of candidates suggested internally, but if you have a bad rep or people don't like working for you, then you likely need to place an add.
Hence, in part, why you see people post "crappy" law jobs from adds they found online here. If you have to put out an add to hire lawyers in this economy, its likely because what you offer is not that great.