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Anonymous User wrote:OP Here: I've mass-mailed about 40 firms so far, and then I sent out a mini-mass mail to all the OCI firms that I didn't get a screener with. So in total I have 85 firms mass-mailed. Gonna try to really hit DE/MD/PA/VA firms now. My family lives in northern-ish maryland, which isn't much, but I'm gonna try to spin that to ties to DE (I also did a lot of informational interviews with DE firms).
Sounds like you are doing everything right. Goodluck OP.
Just curious, how do you plan on explaining no journal? May be in a similar position.
From what I've gathered from talking to alums, upper class men, and career services, you just have to be able to explain why your grades, not having a journal, etc. don't accurately reflect your abilities.
Expect them to ask questions like: Would you say that your grades accurately reflect your abilities? Why don't you have a journal? But then flip those questions into something positive.
You can say something like: "Something that was difficult for me was not having any feedback on my progress in my classes until the end of the semester. I've spoken with my professors to get feedback on my grades, and I plan to improve my grades next semester by doing X, Y, Z" or "I'm actually more of a hands-on learner, so I learn the best through experience and by getting feedback" etc.
When they ask about no journal, you can be like: "I really, want to focus on moot court. Since moot court has a large writing component in addition to an oral argument component, it will provide me with the opportunity to hone my legal writing skills as well as my oral argument skills. I didn't want to do journal and moot court because I want to also focus on my grades." (It's up to you to say whether or not you actually participated in the competition or not. This may be something to ask career services, but I don't think that employers would know whether or not you actually did the writing competition so...).
In short: SPIN EVERYTHING INTO SOMETHING POSITIVE. Also, don't spend too long answering these questions during the interview because the interviews are only 20 minutes long and you want to spend most of the time talking about your strengths, the firm, etc.
Also, don't forget that you go to Cornell, which is already an achievement that a lot of other law students would kill for
Hope this helps!