I go to Fordham, top 7-10%, high-ranked secondary journal.
20 OCI screeners, 7 callbacks. Have gone on 5 callbacks, been rejected from 4 of them. I'm trying to be hopeful for the 3 firms from which I either have not heard, or have not visited.
BIDDING: In constructing my bid list: I attended the "Getting to 35" event, and got the insight about what firms hire students from different percentages in the class. I went to career services, who helped me shave off a number of firms (though interestingly did not advise me against bidding on Sullivan & Cromwell). I also spoke with a bunch of OCI-successful 3Ls who had similar stats to me when they went through OCI, and shared my bid list with them. All said it looked good - that there were no firms on it that seemed out of place.
In looking back, however, I think I probably bid on too many V20 firms (I probably had about 14 of the top 20 Vault firms on my list). At the same time, however, multiple people who had both gone through the process plus career services had told me this strategy was fine.
INTERVIEWING: I did the mock interview program, and received positive feedback about my presentation, resume, and demeanor. I did Spring OCI at school as well, so I had some experience with legal interviewing already. During my screeners and callbacks, I have felt comfortable in 90% of my interviews, and always have questions prepared.
Having not received any offers despite a decent number of callbacks, I asked a bunch of friends about their interviewing strategies. I even did another mock interview with a lawyer friend of mine to determine whether I was coming off as a prick during interviews. All feedback was again positive - that I was asking the right questions, presenting the information on my resume in a confident manner, and showing that I am smart, friendly, and motivated.
This post might be premature, and I might get an offer in the next few weeks, but right now I'm at a loss to explain what is happening with my story. Unlike the OP I will graduate with a decent amount of debt. I knew that I had to be in the top 10% to have a great shot at BigLaw, and I did that. I knew that not making Law Review might hurt my chances, but I had no idea how severely the lack of LR would sting. All my LR friends are either deciding which offer to take, or have taken an offer. While a decent number of people on my journal have offers, a more sizable group of us are still waiting, or are watching the rejections pile up.
So, ultimately I echo the frustration of some of the Fordham posters here. I worry about my own situation, and am unsure how to explain it. I agree with the above poster that we all knew the economic situation when we sent in our deposit checks, but I feel like I put in the effort and got the results necessary to justify said check.