uvahooo wrote:LongRifle wrote:formerbiglawpartner wrote:
When you are in interviews on campus, representative attorneys from firms are sent to see if you could belong to "their club." Every partner is expected to be a business getter--not just retainer-- these days. If you are brilliant but shy, government work or academia may be more appropriate for you.
On campus interviewers are often resume collects. Anyone going into big law is not going to greet clients or be developing a practice. Those are not the characteristics that are being screened for by big firms. This year, big firms are hiring top 1/3 (URM or top 1/2 with w.e.) at T14s that are "brilliant and shy." Partnership characteristics are screened through the promotion track.
OP, chill out. It is way to early to be worried. Most govt/crim places start interviews later this month. You can still get DOJ through the volunteer program, and the only thing you've missed out in the crim field is Manhattan/Philly/DC/SF. In any event C/N will hook you up with something equal anyway.
It sucks though, 1/2 of the T14 is not getting a big law job, and median students with work experience, social skills and demonstrated interests are being shut out of NY/Philly/DC/West Coast DA/PD/Govt programs and having to strive through rejections to find a quality volunteer job that is in their interest area.
You need to understand that if you want to get A job it might not be your first choice. You need to be more flexible and target secondary markets and me more flexible with your plans.
Most secondary markets are worse than NYC. At CLS, one of the easiest ways to strike out was to bid on a secondary market with median grades. NYC is a hiring bonanza compared to places like Boston/Philly/LA/SF/Chicago/DC.