Heartford wrote: Anonymous User wrote: lawfirmrecruiter wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I might have struck out and I'm wondering what I have to do for 3L OCI. What should I do to make myself marketable for 3L OCI? Thanks.
Need a bit more info. Are you a 2L that struck out in OCI or are you a 3L that did not get an offer from your summer?
I am a 2L and it seems like I struck out although I didn't get rejections for some of my callbacks. So the options I thought of are:
-in house internship
-foreign law firm
-city government internship
-clerkship (but I'm interested in transactional work. Would clerkship experience help?)
-small law firm
I'm interested in this too. It seems like in this tumultuous economy a lot of firms in smaller markets are canceling their summer associate programs because they can't foresee their hiring needs a year or more ahead. Maybe (as long as the economy stays intact) this will lead to a small increase in 3L interviewing? If so, what should 2Ls be doing for 2L summer to make ourselves competitive for next fall?
I believe more and more firms are at least considering lowering their overall 2L class and then filling gaps with 3Ls if they see a greater need. Our firm has moved entirely to 3L hiring so all is definitely not lost if you struck out in OCI. Here are a few suggestions for what to do now:
1. Study. Don't just maintain your grades, make them better. Show how you improved over the semester and year.
2. Ask yourself what went wrong. What happened in OCI? Was it your grades? Do you have a hard time talking to people? Targeted firms incorrectly? Really be honest with yourself.
3. Plan. Make a plan of about how you will improve those areas you just identified.
4. Target. Figure out what market you really want to be in. Not pie in the sky, but realistically. Where do you want to be living in 10 years and what kind of life do you want? What kind of practice do you want to have?
5. Network. Use your alumni network at your law school to learn more about the markets you narrow down to. Ask them for informational interviews about the area and see if they will introduce you to others. This will be good practice for job interviews too.
Now you are ready to figure out what to go for next summer before 3L hiring. If you want to be in business in a middle market, find out what companies dominate and see if they have intern programs in their legal department. Litigation for you? Check out the smaller shops and see if they take clerks. The goverment does not always post jobs but usually has them. Check out the department of insurance in your state capitol.
Hope all of this is helpful. There really are opportunities out there. You just have to look for them!