Anonymous User wrote:Hello. So post-final meltdown OP here. I ended up staying in my clinic office for another thirty minutes before going home and spent the rest of the day in bed. I feel a little embarrassed now that it's the next day, but thought that I should post a response. First, I want to thank you all for your encouraging responses. It did make me feel better a little. Second, I guess I kind of want to apologize again for posting my meltdown on here. I've been keeping it together all year, just telling myself "Something will turn up before school is over, something will turn up before school is over", and everyone I know, from my school's career services office, to partners I've met through networking events, to my friends, have all been telling me, "You have really good credentials and a great resume - you'll find something in no time!", so when I finished my last final still sans job, I think it just kind of hit me like a brick wall. I feel bad now for airing this because I know that this thread doesn't need any more anxiety than it already has, so again, I really apologize.
In terms of approaching job search and my application; I've served on the exec board on two student groups, and I'm on a journal. I actually wrote a note that was published in one of the student journals at my school. I've worked in legal internships my past two summers. My Achilles' heel has been my grades. I finished just under 3.0 my 1L year, which kind of started the whole downward spiral that has been my ensuing law school career. My grades have improved over the years, but they are not stellar. I honestly don't care about big law/small firm at all; I just really want a job. The reason why I mentioned that in my previous post I guess was just kind of to paint a picture of the environment I'm in. I know that I shouldn't compare myself to other people, and to be honest, I never really cared about the whole big law lifestyle; but it's just been really hard not to compare myself to others when everyone I know has a big law position, and I'm scrambling to just secure ANY position. Ironically enough though, the three interviews I got above were all with Big Law firms. I've been sending applications to EVERYTHING I can find - legal, big or small size firms, boutiques, consulting firms, banks, regulatory practices. And it's only been Big Law firms which have expressed interest, which has been a weird twist of fate. I've been looking at positions on Symplicity, and just cold-emailing people directly through the contact info provided on firms. Are there any other resources or sites that I should be looking at? I would actually like to know if there's a good database for smaller sized firms or midsize firms, because my school, being upper-tier, has great resources with regards to big law, but almost NO info with regards to even mid-size firms If there are resources people can direct me to, I would definitely appreciate it. Also, I've been sending in my resume, transcript, and a writing sample. Should I just not send my transcript in? Would hiring people find that suspicious?
Thank you again for all the support guys. Like honestly, it has really, really been helpful. Thank you.
2016 T6 who graduated without a job while seemingly everyone else had BigLaw:
I felt exactly the same way.
I subsequently discovered that more people than I had thought didn't have anything lined up. So for starters, know you FEEL like it's just you but there are many others in your boat. Like you, I didn't do well first semester. Got a B- and I still blame that for my striking out for BigLaw.
The commenter who said that you need to focus on the bar is 100% correct.The job market felt incredibly stagnant until around October/November. I know that's not what you want to hear but that's what I saw. At that point, firms/government agencies know that Bar results are coming out. They wait so they know that they'll hire someone who passed. It really helps to pass.
Keep in mind that although a lot of people have jobs lined up, not all of them start on September 1st. A lot of people defer and firms stagger their start dates. I ended up getting a job in November and ended up starting before many of my BigLaw brethren. You're not unemployed. You will find a job. It'll take time and it's frustrating to be in a world where you feel like you failed by not getting a job offer two years before you could even work. Take your mindset out of the legal/law school world for a second. Almost no other field operates this way. Relax. Focus on the bar and keep applying. You'll get there soon.
I know you asked for mid-law advice, but I know empathy really helped me.
PS: Look into government work, too.