romothesavior wrote:Got a job today! I actually got two offers today, and accepted one in my desired market. Don't want to out myself more than I already am on TLS, so anyone interested can PM me for details (although it is nothing too exciting, at least not compared to most of the people ITT).
Also, I highly doubt anywhere near 90% of 1Ls at any school have anything lined up. A lot of local government agencies and small firms haven't even started interviewing. I'd say somewhere in the neighborhood of 50% of WUSTL 1Ls have something lined up (rough guess), and I know last year the number of people who did something legal during 1L was in the 90%+ range. Most of my friends have something lined up, but a handful of them are still looking. I'm sure all of them will get something though.
It certainly isn't early in the hiring cycle, but it isn't late either. I think everyone who is still looking for a job should just take a deep breath and keep at it, and everyone telling them that they are screwed or that it's "late in the game" should chill. Lot's of people don't get a job until late March or even April.
Congrats on getting the job! Definitely feels calming to be done with the huge job search burden and only really have to worry about finals in the next month and a half (or this stupid LR final next week).
Commenting on the statistics here, while I cannot believe that 90% of 1Ls at any law school would have something lined up, I'll admit that the people I hang out with give a very, very
misleading appearance of things. Out my circle, probably around 6 of them got something lined up right out the initial OCI gate (interestingly enough, they all decided to work at the exact same place...). One took an RA position, but with the stellar grades I'm betting he got, I'm really surprised that he didn't try more firm applications than the two he did. Dunno the plans of one, and the last is applying to jobs like crazy and it confuses me how she doesn't have any offers yet despite her good credentials. I'm talking like "apply to everything on each OCI session + mass mailings for everything in the STL area" efforts. I personally may not have a paying SA offer, but I'm right at the place I want to be in the field that I really want to work in, and it all worked out with a comparatively minimal amount of effort but a high amount of stress. The same was with the others who actually had a good chance to be in a firm, but decided to go with the offer that they liked.
Most of the other people in my section are really silent about things or they already have jobs. A certain exceptionally qualified mature student in our section doesn't even want to work this summer. She says "well, I've worked hard for the past 37 years, I think I deserve *some* break". Given how she knows like, every lawyer in this city as it is, she might be one of the rare folks who will be fine no matter what.
But to all the other folks, just keep on trucking. Some one is going to hire you somewhere if you're willing to learn and to work for free. If you're solely looking for a cushy paying SA gig, well...