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Rising 3L, Bottom Quarter, T14

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:16 am

Hey all,

First, I do not plan on dropping out and I do plan on finishing the degree. No undergrad debt, useless liberal arts major, already have a decent debt-load sunk into law school, so bearing that in mind:

I. I know biglaw is a long-shot and/or out, my question is, how should I approach the job search 3L year/what would be the most effective way to get the maximum results in terms of interviews, call-backs, etc. if that is even possible

II. Any advice/recommendations on pursuing options in mid-law/small law firms, especially small law firms specializing in lower-level corporate work

III. Any other advice on the 3L job search would be greatly appreciated. While I do appreciate honest and candid feedback, I would appreciate overly negative responses as well again telling me to drop out, or that I'm f***ed, that I have zero options, etc., because I've heard it all before, I'm just asking what's the best I can make of a crappy situation. I'd also like to hope that a T14 school with a strong alumni base has SOME cache even in the current, shitty legal market

Thank you guys!

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Re: Rising 3L, Bottom Quarter, T14

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:40 am

Basically you're just in the position most other law graduates are in: the job market is tough and you have to do some work and be flexible. The difficult thing for you is that you're in an environment where more people are getting those few jobs, as opposed to most schools where few are getting those few jobs. It's relative.

Get involved in organizations where you'll meet attorneys, through school or local associations. Get involved with some sort of skills academic class like a clinic or moot court. See what your career services office can help drum up. Reach out to alumni and see if you can develop some sort of connection for advice or mentorship, even if that means finding a time to buy them a cup of coffee or lunch so that you can ask some questions (you'll learn stuff plus someone that likes you is more willing to refer you to any opportunities they see and even possibly play some connecting role).

Apply to jobs. Apply geographically and professionally broadly and be flexible. You will have your limits, for sure, but be more open to areas of law as a way to get started and learn, maybe it'll be a really good experience.

There is a lot out and if you're smart and diligent you will be able to find something that is objectively pretty good.

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