Anonymous User wrote:I went to Columbia law school in the late 90s, was a Stone Scholar my first year, and I almost struck out at OCI anyway. After many many interviews, I got just 1 job offer, which was enough but in today's economy I surely would have struck out.
In hindsight, the problem was that I did not project enthusiasm in my job interviews. I just wasn't very interested in getting a BIGLAW job and it showed in my demeanor. Maybe that's your problem too.
Something like top 1/3 at MVP, very good WE (I think). Nothing from initial OCI, for which I bid on the least selective firms I could find in NorCal. Fucking career office cheerfully agreeing that this was a good bidding strategy and dismissing my "But isn't SF a really tough market?" concerns. Got one callback through Resume Collect that almost certainly isn't going to pan out (talked way too much at interviews, wasn't feeling on top of my game, tons of callbacks for like one or two spots) and one through late OCI about which I am similarly pessimistic. /self. Yeah, I know, I clearly must be "an aspie" or something. Obviously!
On point, though: maybe it did show that I don't really want to do biglaw long term. But what really gets me is this necessity to show tons of firm-specific interest. One: we don't really know anything about these firms other than maybe a couple practice areas they're good at (and about which we as a practical matter know next to nothing beyond some hazy general perception from when we were paralegals or from what we read in Chambers.) Two: Most of these firms are totally fungible anyway...at least in terms of what one can reasonably find out, and what actually matters to us. (I'm not saying that firms don't have different specialties, cultures, and so on: only that for most people, an offer from Firm Alpha could magically change into Firm Beta or Firm Gamma with no real disappointment or elation at being at a firm that is marginally less "prestigious" in regard to energy securitization or whatever.)
I know, we need to show initiative and all...but seriously, it is criminal just how little the career people have done to prep us. We come into OCI straight from the summer. We do bidding some random day in the summer while busy with our jobs. We only get any kind of advice on this MASSIVELY IMPORTANT EVENT if we call them up, and then at best we get some useless nonsense rubber-stamping. At a T14, it seems like just about everyone could get a decent job with sufficient and timely preparation. Obviously, we bear the primary burden there, but I don't think it's mere entitled whining to point out that we genuinely just do not know much about how this crazy legal recruiting machine (which bears very little resemblance to anything we're used to from before law school) works. I wouldn't be surprised if fully half the class ends up without a "real" job. (As in, a job that both involves actual legal work and can get rid of this debt.)
The fact that they schedule classes during this time period is equally ridiculous, if not quite so harmful.