Anonymous User wrote:Just how bad does it look to work a non-law job 2L summer? I am just below median at MVP, struck out at OCI (and at mass mailing/government positions/etc) and am realistically facing getting a waitressing job or something similar
If you're going to take a restaraunt job as your primary summer employment you may as well just drop out of law school now.
You'll definitely be able to find a legal job, there is just a very high likelihood that it will be (a) unpaid (or nominally paid), and (b) probably not going to lead to full time employment after graduation. My recommendation would be to check out your state's attorney general or the USAO, I did that for my 1L summer last summer and it was good experience. I also struck out and its looking like this is what I'll have to do. You have to think long-term at this point, as much as it sucks working in a job that you could have gotten as a 1L (and probably being surrounded by 1Ls preparing for OCI all summer).
I can hardly conceive any 2L end up working in Starbucks if s/he is willing to look for summer employment as if s/he was an 1L. I interned for a judge in my 1L summer, and there was a 2L in our chambers who wanted a firm job but didn't get one during OCI. She was surely the one who could do most substantive work / prepare the best memo among us all due to the extra year of law school experience (and her experience on moot court). She took every opportunity to network with the USAO, the PD's office, and the attorneys from the local firms. I'm not sure whether she has landed a firm job now, but I'm sure she'll get something eventually, probably before she graduates.
TBF, no reasonable people should hold against you for striking out at OCI ITE - there are just a thousand ways for someone with good grades and nice personality to fall between the cracks these days. 160K biglaw becomes difficult once the OCI boat has sailed, but you shouldn't be thinking about working as a waitress, really.