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Unemployed 3Ls

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:26 am

I am a currently unemployed 3L and while I had high hopes for a permanent job by now, I find myself unemployed. I'm interested in the Southeast region (GA/TN) as well as DC. I was wondering if anyone has had any success in getting a job in either of these areas recently as a 3L. If so, I'd love to hear your success story. Also, if anyone has advice to offer about how to snag one of these jobs, I'd love to hear that too.

Stats:
T10 Law School (towards the lower end of T10)
Bottom 1/3 class ranking

I have decent ties to the southeast. The big firms are obviously out b/c of grades but what about the smaller firms or even working as a DA?

I guess it's too late for honors atty jobs in DC, but are there any small firms hiring or other gov't positions still available?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Unemployed 3Ls

Postby LawIdiot86 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:04 am

Do you have any special skills that would fit in a niche/boutique practice? I can name four or five small firms I know would consider hiring the right person in DC, but they are looking for specific backgrounds. Don't know about DA hiring. Also, certain specialties are hiring in Charlotte and Atlanta.

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Re: Unemployed 3Ls

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:40 pm

How did you find out about the small firms hiring, if you don't mind me asking?

I'm another unemployed 3L, at a T14, and our job postings have been bone dry.

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Re: Unemployed 3Ls

Postby LawIdiot86 » Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:17 pm

Anonymous User wrote:How did you find out about the small firms hiring, if you don't mind me asking?

I'm another unemployed 3L, at a T14, and our job postings have been bone dry.

Emailed 1,200 lawyers last summer asking them out for coffee, met with ~60 and got to know their practices and learn their hiring cycle, then reconnected with them at local bar events and conferences.

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Re: Unemployed 3Ls

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:31 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Stats:
T10 Law School (towards the lower end of T10)
Bottom 1/3 class ranking
Thanks in advance!


As a T-10er ITE I am nervous about jobs, more so if my ranking turns up at median. Panicky would barely describe it if I ended up at in the bottom third. How have you tried to circumvent this low ranking obstacle? It must come up a lot, right?

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Re: Unemployed 3Ls

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:39 pm

LawIdiot86 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:How did you find out about the small firms hiring, if you don't mind me asking?

I'm another unemployed 3L, at a T14, and our job postings have been bone dry.

Emailed 1,200 lawyers last summer asking them out for coffee, met with ~60 and got to know their practices and learn their hiring cycle, then reconnected with them at local bar events and conferences.


Oh god. And I thought I was networking pretty hard since the summer.

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Re: Unemployed 3Ls

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Fri Jan 06, 2012 10:55 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Stats:
T10 Law School (towards the lower end of T10)
Bottom 1/3 class ranking
Thanks in advance!


As a T-10er ITE I am nervous about jobs, more so if my ranking turns up at median. Panicky would barely describe it if I ended up at in the bottom third. How have you tried to circumvent this low ranking obstacle? It must come up a lot, right?


OP was asking for advice, not offering to give it. HTH

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Re: Unemployed 3Ls

Postby LjakW » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:26 am

LawIdiot86 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:How did you find out about the small firms hiring, if you don't mind me asking?

I'm another unemployed 3L, at a T14, and our job postings have been bone dry.

Emailed 1,200 lawyers last summer asking them out for coffee, met with ~60 and got to know their practices and learn their hiring cycle, then reconnected with them at local bar events and conferences.

LawIdiot, I think what you've done is pretty interesting to me and I'd guess a fair number of people on this board. Would you be willing to write a post (maybe start a thread so as not to derail this one) describing your process with a little more detail? Thanks.




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