Puttanesca wrote:lawschoolwoohoo wrote:3L, T-20, Top 20%, published on Law Review, no job (though also no debt). Should I just wait until after the bar this summer to even bother applying to stuff? I wanted a job in crim, but no one hires until results come out. No idea what to do, just got dinged by what I thought was my best chance because I won't get bar results until the end of October. Feeling very hopeless, I don't even want to celebrate graduation b/c I'm going to be broke/unemployed forever. I'm humiliated to tell my family that I failed so terribly.
Unless the job announcement specifically says something indicating that only licensed candidates should apply or will be considered, I would go ahead and apply. I know most crim jobs won't hire until results come out, but I don't think it would hurt to apply, and you never know. Some offices might be willing to hire.
I got my job applying to a posting like this. My practice-area focused resume got me in the door, and I convinced the boss to take me on as a clerk until bar passage. Obviously will vary depending on office need/resume/whatnot, but small offices like crim practitioners sometimes need the help now but also want to make sure you're competent and into the work. Put in your cover letter you're willing to clerk through bar study (if you are) and can go full-time August 1.
You're no failure, licensed-hiring is the nature of private crim law. Also, small crim practitioners often need contract help, so you can also try to network your way to gigs like that.