Anonymous User wrote:Note: being a "real" attorney doesn't mean biglaw, government, or major public interest.
Guess what, it's called a career, not a "start at the exact place where you already want to be"-eer. You may have to scrap for this summer and work for a decent job through 3L. Maybe then you start at a small practice or PI group, and after a few years you move on up somewhere else.
Most people don't start their careers at the "top" of what they want. Most people learn things and then get into a career where they build, grow, and move upward through the years. It's a mature notion, but it's reality for the vast, vast majority of people in the world, and that's not constrained to law.
I mostly agree with this in general,
but unfortunately the way it works for "the vast, vast majority of people in the world" is the exact opposite of how it works for Biglaw lawyers. If you want Biglaw, you pretty much need to get it as a 2L summer. Sure, there's 3L OCI, and sure, some people clerk and then find Biglaw afterwards... but really, it's 2L summer or bust. So, while I agree with everything as it applies to "most people," it is still perfectly reasonable for someone to be disappointed at missing out on Biglaw as a 2L, because they're probably not going to "build, grow and move upward" into Biglaw later.
Also not sure why everyone has to be anonymous to discuss career paths.