gerrod11 wrote:I was wondering if others had recommendations on where recent grads can look for jobs. I go on gobiglaw.com, attorneyjobsusa.com, and check my school’s symplicity cite daily, but no luck. I graduated from Gtown this past May and have a very crappy GPA (3.22). Right now I am just at a lost as to where else I should be looking for jobs. Thanks in advance for the advice.
If you're not massmailing, you should be. In addition, use ziprecruiter and visit the sites of legal headhunters who operate in your area looking for firms seeking jr associate laterals. There are also a bunch of sites that will start spamming the shit out of you if you start using them (hireable, jobungo, careeralerter). They're annoying, but they do occasionally have something of interest.
Also look around on linkedin's job listings. Without you putting in what you're looking for, their algorithm is shit (suggested I might be interested in an open executive chef job), but with just a little info, the results are pretty good. I got some bites from jobs I found there.
Anonymous User wrote:Not OP, but curious about your last line. Is it okay to send emails to the same firm but different offices? I've noticed sometimes they reply "we see you've expressed interest in multiple offices..." Is that also a big no-no?
I think it depends on the firm. If it looks like the offices operate independently for recruiting (have separate recruiters or other hiring personnel), then maybe you can do this, but if they appear to be more cohesive, then maybe sending to multiple offices, but expressing interest in the firm itself and not a particular office and expressing your desire to work where the firm most needs you is the way to go.
Personally, I got my gig through mass-mail after striking out in 2L and 3L OCI (despite being just outside top 5% at a T20). I was only targeting one city my firm has an office in, but it's a small enough firm (< 100 attorneys) that I ended up mass-mailing to the managing partner in a different city after I couldn't decide who best to send to in my target city. That turned out to be a good decision because he knew who was looking for a new associate and I was called that afternoon, interviewed the next day, and got an offer a couple days later.
My point is, at midlaw firms, the partners, even in different cities, all know each other and know what the firm's needs are, so if you send letters to partners in 3 different cities all expressing a desire to work at that particular office, those guys might all forward your app to the same partner, and all of a sudden he's reading letters that indicate you want to work in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, AND East Lansing, and he doesn't trust anything you have to say. Alternately, one may just send an all-partner email to say "got this app today and it looks pretty good," only to have another partner reply all to say "I got that same letter but he said he really wanted to work here, not there."
Addendum: As for where to mass-mail, as Mark says, anywhere you could possibly imagine working. To start building your list, start with your school's 2L OCI list (maybe they didn't get all their first-year associate slots filled the way they wanted). Look in martindale and other directories for firms in your target markets that (a) do the particular stuff you want to do or (2) have 15 or 25+ attorneys, as they likely have wide a range of stuff they do. Also look for business journal lists (e.g. http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/subs ... -2016.html
). The business journals typically charge for you to buy these, but you can often find them in your OCS, law library or at the b-school, especially if you're targeting cities in your school's region. It often appears in an annual publication by the local business journal (for one common publisher, it's the ________ Book of Lists -- insert name of city there).