The CSO problem is really an interesting one cause I bet there are some CSO offices that do good work, they are just few and far between. I 100% agree that CSO cannot simply make jobs appear, but given the state of the job market the school needs to have like 1-2 people working at that office, not 6. If there are no jobs to begin with, then fire the other 4 people who are doing nothing all day and collecting a paycheck and use their 4 salaries to cut every student in the school a break of 2K on tuition. Every time I have ever walked into CSO while at school there were 6 women sitting around talking about makeup, shoes and what shows they are watching. No work was being done. Whatever work that office accomplished could have easily been done by 2 people who had a normal attention span. I think that after reviewing resumes, cover letters, dropping names of contacts, working on mock interviews, giving you ideas to job search, telling you of all the sites you should be regularly checking, looking over your writing sample and working on your informational interview skills there is little more CSO can really do but tell you to keep at it and continue to look on your behalf as well. The problem is that 99% of CSOs will not do anywhere close to the above.
My favorite story of CSO lazyness is the following: During 1L we had a panel with CSO so students can voice ways CSO could help them. I had what I thought was a very good idea. I said that CSO should spend a week or two calling the chambers of every judge in the area (secondary market, maybe 100 judges total) and speak with the clerks there about who the judge is hiring and what they are looking for. Then CSO could post a list of judges that are hiring for the summer, what class level they are looking for, what their requirements are (Grades, journal, etc.), how many spots, where to send apps to and what materials they prefer. This way, instead of basically mass mailing all the state judges as a 1L you would have a list of what to send, to who, and who would actually take a 1L and with whom you're just wasting your time. CSO said they did not feel that my plan was time-efficient and the office did not have the manpower to call and collect that information because they were doing other things.....you do NOTHING all day. This would cost you literally no money and would make it really easy for people to apply to clerkships. You just got lazy cause this plan actually made you, you know, do your job.