NYAssociate wrote:dresden doll wrote:Anonymous User wrote: Friends are revising their predictions that hiring will be up from last year. It'll be an adventure, anyway!
Wait, revising predictions? Is it now believed that 2012 class will be just as screwed as 2011?
Is there any reason to think it won't? The economic forecast isn't exactly puppydogs and sunshines. The assumption that things would be "slightly better" was mostly a meme perpetuated by sanguine rising 2Ls. Unless you're at a top firm that has adjusted realistically to the crisis, things are still looking bad. I see no reason for a firm to increase their class size in anticipation of an uptick that will probably never happen, unless the firm is involved in some time consuming litigation (i.e., Goldman Sachs, BP, etc.).
What you say makes sense. I had just heard a great deal of talk about this year being notably better than the last so I assumed there was at least something substantial to back up what appeared to be an across the board consensus.
My employment experience for the 1L summer certainly bears out the fact that it's incredibly competitive out there. When I interviewed for my current job - associateship at a smaller, business complex litigation/IP-oriented firm - my now boss openly told me that he'd been interviewing full fledged attorneys for the position (and it's a temporary one - they aren't keeping anyone past this summer). Also, I wound up opening firm's employment folder my first week at work. It contained 200 applications at the bare minimum. Made me really grateful for the fact that I go to a good school because I'm absolutely positive that my resume would have been immediately thrown into the trash otherwise. It's a miracle I got the job as it is.