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Anonymous User wrote:im so screwed. glad i got the news morning before a huge final. what i love most about the situation is the second degree level of fcked over going on here. gotta get good grades. so gotta study. but as of yesterday, gotta look for a job. maybe good can come out of it? as in, maybe ill get something else instead where at least i wont not get an offer? or maybe i wont.
This is definitely one of those unforeseeable, awful turn of events that nobody should have to deal with, especially during finals. But keep in mind that there's a lot of goodwill out there for Dewey summers. I was able to find an alternative. Assuming you land on your feet soon, this is something you'll forever cite as an example of overcoming adversity.
I hope you are actively reaching out to every v100 firm and hounding your career office people for any leads. This strategy paid off for me.
That said, even if things don't work out for this summer (and I am confident they can/will), it doesn't sound like a consolation now but you will go into 3L recruiting with a leg up on most others (I don't care what anybody says, this sentiment was communicated to me by many unrelated sources, including partners, before I found another firm).
Good luck to all.
I feel like I'm in a rut. I've contacted most of the V100 over the past weeks to no avail. What did you say that helped you land something?
If you can elaborate on how you were successful in getting another summer associate we would grealty appreciate it. When did you start looking? Did you get an offer or rejection from the firm during OCI? Did you contact HR or partners directly? Anything else that might be helpful is very much appreciated.
I started putting feelers out shortly after the February Above the Law article ran. I was cautious about it, but I had a bad feeling about things based on the initial reporting.
I had three callback-like interviews with firms, all in the same week. These were firms I had not interviewed with in any capacity previously.
I don't think it matters if you reach out to the recruiting staff or the hiring partner directly because the communication will likely be funneled to the hiring partner in any event.
First, I recommend (if you have not already) going to talk your career office. Hound them. Ask them what firms they have spoken to recently and if they have communicated any possibility of taking another SA. If they haven't already been making these calls, ask why. This is their job. If you don't get anywhere with one counselor, go to the next. And so on. Go to office hours and talk to professors (I had two professors offer to give me names of partners I could call). Talk to your lawyer friends at firms. Talk to any and everybody who might possibly have a meaningful connection and ask if they would not mind at least passing along your resume. In my experience, it can be difficult to stand out without some sort of connection that makes you a real person. Now is the best time to be proactive because the Dewey wounds are fresh, and given the exceptional circumstances people will probably be willing to do more for you than they would normally.
I think it's smart to reach out to every firm under the sun right now, but your cover letters need to stand out. I have always had better luck with well written, thoughtful, carefully tailored cover letters. This is annoying and something you doubtfully have time for right now, but securing a SA has to be a major priority right now. The more generic the cover letter, the less it will seem like you are desperately clinging to any possibility. While this is probably the case, adding another SA is a major investment for most firms, and they don't want to spend $30K this summer if they think you might hop ship in the Fall. If you can, I would try to convey that you would be committed to them for the long haul.
If you do get the opportunity to interview, I have a few recommendations (sorry if they're obvious):
- Stay positive. People get that the situation sucks, but you don't want to seem desperate.
- Emphasize how fortunate you feel that the firm is considering adding you to their program so close to summer. Talk about what a great fit you think it would be for specific reasons.
- The truth is, it might not happen right away, but these situations do work out for most people (contrary to what the sensationalists/flamers on this board might say). Remember this, and you might even say as much in your interviews.
-Be aggressive. Nobody is going to look down on you for being aggressive asking about timing, sending thank you letters, following up, checking in, etc. Obviously do so with disclaimers and don't go overboard, but make it clear that you're on it, into it, and they'd be lucky to have you.
I hope at least something in here helps. Good luck.