ASM11 wrote:OP, try not to let the doom and gloom get the best of you. I know it sucks a lot, but still. Yeah, easier said than done, but you're probably smart and will find a way to make it work at some point.
Have you thought about going for a spring internship? Here's why I suggest it:
1. It can be easier to land an internship than a summer job, and it might lift your spirits and get you motivated in your job search
2. It'll broaden your horizons and make you aware of other options
3. It may help you in finding a job for a number of reasons (new skills, meet new people - and even if that's only a slim chance, when you're sitting in a classroom the chances of that helping you in your job search are close to zero)
4. It will get you out of the same routine you've been in which is probably something you'd benefit from right now
It's true that people think of law firms as the only private sector positions that will hire people out of law school, but that's not true, it's just that they're the only ones who have a constant demand for new hires. There are other options out there, you just need to find them as opposed to them finding you and the timing might not be so clean-cut. Try not to get down....just hustle...and make sure to take mental breaks from it when you can.
Have been attempting that route too. Unfortunately, externships and clinics are difficult to get into and spring internships have become difficult to find. Also have issue of time, since will be very busy this semester due to journal and moot court, along w/ others. I realize that firms are not the only private jobs, and have been applying to in house jobs. One problem is that a lot of those do not give offers, so still forced to redo OCI, and many of those jobs have very few hires.