Thanks for taking questions, LFR. What advice would you give to 2Ls who struck out in the summer associate lottery and will have to apply for entry-level gigs? Would it be a waste to mass mail firms for these types of positions, assuming top ~15% and law review at a lower T1, with fed. gov't, small firm, and in-house experience? If not, when would be a good time to start sending out applications? I mean, if I send out 2,000 applications and land one position, it would be worth it. However, that sounds horribly ineffective and really I would like to know what else you recommend, besides "networking" and calling up alumni?
Also, I'm not particularly interested in clerking, and I doubt I am very competitive for a prestigious clerkship anyway, but would that automatically put me in a better position than just applying for entry-level position as a graduate? I'm much more interested in doing transactional work than lit, but am painfully aware that I'm not in a place to be picky.