Seriously, if some of you guys/gals end up no-offered and decide not to drop out, you should begin registering with the temp agencies right now: http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/ ... KW1GZN958H
Some of the agencies offer free training in the software systems like Concordance, Summation, Ringtail, Relativity, etc. Check w/ your school's Lexis rep as well, as they offer Concordance training as well since it's a Lexis "product."
There are a lot of temp. projects popping up in NYC/NJ again, because rates have dropped so much ITE that it really no longer makes sense to outsource it to India. The flood of unemployed American JD's/lawyers is so staggering that work is coming back home again.
The good news too for you guys is that there are entry-level projects popping up again too: http://www.hirecounsel.com/jobs_search_ ... hp?id=1216
Yes the rate is low, but suck it up for a few months and you can move up to something better after you get bar admitted. For admitted lawyers the NYC rate is a standard $30 flat/hr, but some gigs are creeping back up to 32-34 an hour.
See if your school will somehow let you keep your student health plan for awhile postgrad, as these jobs do not pay any health benefits.