rad lulz wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Join JAG. Fall back plan for many. They will hire you before you even pass the bar.
I often also use anon when giving shitty advice.
Not a fallback. Acceptance rates are like 2% or something.
Couldn't have said it any better!!
OP--as far as your 2L OCI goes, do you have any idea of what went wrong?
Sometimes if all of your rejections come at the same stage it's something you're doing. With your grades +LR I assume you at least got a few screening interviews (if this is not the case and you truly struck out at stage 1 then there's not much you can do except maybe revise your resume).
But if you got past the screening interviews and you went to the callbacks but didn't land anything, perhaps you are not giving the right impression. This can come from nervousness, being over anxious, or being too introverted or passive (or obnoxious).
If you were hired and then didn't get an offer then you should have gotten some very specific feedback as to what went wrong and it should be something other than "the economy" prevented them from hiring you.
What kind of industry are you interested in? Was your public interest work in any area specifically?
Did you intern with any judges during school? Have you considered a clerkship? Many times there are judges out there that still don't have clerks yet. These won't be the most prestigious clerkships, but 1 year of working with a judge is still valid legal employment, that produces a paycheck, gives you a good network, and 1 year to pass the bar and have something relevant on your resume. If your school's career services has a list of judges that still don't have clerks I strongly suggest you apply to them. Also, consider looking just outside of Texas but maybe still in the general vicinity (Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas) just to expand your horizons.
Small firms are likely still in need of associates. The problem with starting at a small firm that practices in an area in which you have no interest is that it can pigeon hole you into an area of law and into a job that is not beneficial for you to make your next move. If you do decide to look at a small firm try to look at firms that do broad work like, labor and employment. Stay away from firms that do personal injury or construction law. You'll have a hard time getting out from underneath that. But, of course, if they hire you then you may discover you actually like it. Or at least you like being paid.
If you're female or a member of a minority group make sure you look at diversity career fairs.
I wouldn't count on getting any work at the DA's office--that kind of work is generally very competitive and involves a lengthy interview process that is pretty much over. Like many law firms DA offices usually get most of their new hires from recent grads. But if you pass the bar you may still have an opportunity there. The question is, do you want to be a DA? That's not a job you want to just fall into. It's kind of like joining the JAG on a whim.