Anonymous User wrote:I've posted anonymously a few times here in the Vale, though more discreetly before. I think I'm going to wave the white flag and become a high school teacher. I can't take it anymore. I know this sounds like complete troll bait/flame--and take it for that if you want--but I recently graduated top five (numeric) from a T-14. I just seriously can't deal with the way my heart races anymore and my school's complete, if not indifference to, then complacency with my situation. I asked to meet with my dean and he told me to f-off in nice bureaucratese. Struck out with clerkships for 2013 and have nothing on the horizon for 2014. Interviewed with D.C. Circuit judge, 6th Cir., 10th Cir., Weil, Cravath, W&C, and Quinn but could never get over the hump. The only real positive to come out of this is the way my favorite professor called three judges on my behalf and reached out to his own firm.
No problem with background, interviewing skills are fine (or so been told).
Just looking for support from fellow Vale members. This is one of the toughest things I've ever gone through, and by far the most bitter. I just don't think spending another day in the Vale is an option for me. I know this sounds familiar to many of us: the receding hairline, the graying/whitening, the wrinkles. I don't want that anymore, and will trade success for "peace for our time."
I believe you. Top schools can act like if you can't get a job it is your own fault. They seem to feel that the name of the school should be enough to get you in, so if you can't find a job it is all on you. And they can be incredibly snotty about it. The more desperate someone gets the less they want to help you.
I don't know what to say about teaching high school. If that is what you want, and you can get the job, then go for it.