Anonymous User wrote:ConMan345 wrote:Oof, sorry to hear that. This is just about my worst nightmare.... What would you have done differently?
1. Not listened to Career Services, nor the regional recruiters they set me up with. I was told that Munger Tolles and Irell Manella were probably a bad bet with my transcript, but that MoFo or Latham should be doable. Then I talked to a Quinn Emanuel SA who told me that EIP was all about grades (granted, he was at Quinn.) I think he knew better what he was talking about.
Of course, I didn't bid stupid--Career Services provided this list of underrepresented firms that were touted as more widely accessible, and I worked heavily off that. Still, no dice.
2. Not focused so much on California, even if it is my home state and only significant tie. I keep hearing that New York was relatively easy this year. Not the message I got from Career Services beforehand--they said that New York had been hardest hit by the recession due to its focus on finance, and besides everybody from my school was bidding there. See point 1, supra.
3. Sent out outside-OCI applications earlier. Other people here have been successful sending stuff out as early as May. And I thought I was hot shit for reading Guerrilla Tactics and Nail Your Law Job Interview over the summer.
...I do think Guerrilla Tactics is a good book, though, and without it I'm sure I would've done worse. Somehow. Like, maybe involving spontaneous combustion or something.
HYS grad in same position 30 screeners in NY received 3 CB and I'm 90% sure I struck out on the 1 firm I'm waiting for. Had 2H the rest P's. Started mass-mailing this week and getting rejections because firms are done hiring. Feel really stupid because I had all summer to mass-mail firms but I was so confident that my HYS degree would get my foot in the door. Things I would have done differently:
1. Seriously pursue a 1L summer gig no matter where it is. People who got firms 1L summer went through OCI without a care in the world.
2. Start mass-mailing firms in secondary markets in June-July.
3. Attend every job fair no matter what even if you're the teeniest bit "eligible" for it.
4. Have a mixture of corporate "stuff" on your resume and public interest "stuff". Why? My resume is corporate heavy and now I have to change gears and make it look public interest oriented in order to secure employment this summer.
5. Have a backup plan. I am incredibly grateful to be at HYS but I was lax about career planning, making connections, networking etc because I thought the degree would carry me through, it helps but you need a little something extra.