Anonymous User wrote:Somebody please help me. I just had my last final ever for my law school career, and instead of rejoicing or celebrating, I have been crying non-stop for the past hour and fifteen minutes. I honestly don't know what came over me, but as soon as I walked out of the exam room, I felt the tears kind of welling up in my eyes and I have literally locked myself in my clinic office since then. I go to a T6, I am literally the only one of three people I know (including 2Ls!) who doesn't have a job. Like legitimately, of the people know, I am one of only 6 people (in private sector) who is NOT going to Big Law (3 of those 6 are doing clerkships), and the only 3L I know who doesn't have a job. I feel like a complete failure, I feel like I wasted over $100 grand and kinda screwed my brother in the process too because my family invested in me so that once I graduate, I'd be able to refinance his education, so he has been holding off applying to grad school. I have applied/cold emailed over hundreds of firms. The last time I checked, I was at 514, although I've stopped counting. Of those hundreds of emails, I've only gotten 3 interviews. I've had 7 informational interviews. I've been to too many networking events to count. And I honestly don't know what I'm doing wrong. I don't even know why I'm posting this. I just, I don't know, I can't do this any more. Fuck. I'm so sorry for letting this all out here, but I feel like I needed to post this or tell someone or something. I'm trying to control myself so I can walk out of this room and get home. Sorry.
1. It may not feel like it now, but perhaps 50% of all law students would gladly switch places with someone who is at T6 (and presumably kicked arse in undergraduate, too).
2. Based on what I have read, I suspect that you did not do as well as you would've liked in terms of GPA/class rank, and was not on a journal or moot court. Correct me if I am wrong.
3. Based on your applications-to-interviews ratio, I must ask are you listing your GPA/class rank on your resume, or attaching your transcript to the email? If so, stop. Sure, they will find out later either way, but if you don't get an interview, you have zero chance of winning them over with whatever you got going on.
4. Forget BigLaw at this juncture. They have a pretty rigid interview cycle and they typically complete their entire hiring quota with their 2L Summer Associates and limited 3L fall interviews. They usually can't change hiring quota until the next firm budget comes out. It's all planned out well ahead of time. Unless there is a mass disaster wiping out the entire summer class (don't get any ideas. lol), BigLaw is out of reach at this point. Maybe later in your career - though not likely, to be honest - there are ways. BigLaw is not the nirvana that people make it out to be.
5. Don't feel bad about your family too much - you have tried, and you have beaten yourself up over it, it seems. Your brother can fend for himself just fine.
6. No matter what people tell you, BigLaw is only a means to an end, not the end in itself. There are so many different ways to get to the end (happiness? fulfillment? wealth?). Most BigLaw first-year associates never sniff becoming a partner. In fact, many don't last even 3 years. Then, they move onto to something else. BigLaw is just a very good stepping stone.
7. State clerking positions or medium/smaller law firm positions are what you might want to target. Medium and smaller firms have much less rigid hiring cycle - it's more of "as needed" basis.
8. You have to regain your confidence - your interviewers will undoubtedly see that. If you can't, fake it well.
9. Recruiters (aka headhunters) would not help you. Very few corporations hire law students immediately upon graduation (and definitely not those who didn't spend a summer there).
10. In your situation, you MUST pass the bar the first time, which means you must treat it like a full-time job. Go to the lectures in the morning, study, eat lunch, and study until 5. Relax. Repeat. You can do job search stuff after dinner, but don't sacrifice your bar prep for a job search in any material way. You fail the bar and that will further reduce your chances of securing a position that you covet, whatever that might be.
11. Consider seeing a counselor or psychiatrist - no biggie, I am pretty sure a good majority of lawyers do. It doesn't mean you are crazy, weak or anything.
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You will do fine. Good luck!