I feel like passion for a particular subject and experience in that area can overcome not being on law review. You just need to be dedicated, build up your resume and go the extra mile - not give up when jobs don't pan out. If you are persistent enough things will work out. No jobs are a "lock," but I don't see why people are so afraid of *gasp* sending out application after application, and going on interview after interview until you eventually land something. If you don't give up, you won't wind up working at Starbucks (in the long run... if its required for a few months, so be it). Its the people who think "I lost out at OCI and the couple jobs I applied to thereafter, fuck it, I'm going to live the rest of my life in poverty" that lead poor miserable lives. I've never been an optimistic person, but, I can never accept just giving up. In my experiences, I've lost out on things I thought I really wanted. Sometimes I look bad and I'm sad about that, and wish I could have done it, but, other things have always popped up, and sometimes they wind up being even better than what I thought I wanted.
All of this is to say, its the holidays, I've been watching a lot of sappy movies, and it seems like anything is possible. Just be happy and hopeful. It's depressing to read all the exaggerated doom and gloom on TLS. Gotta make lemonade out of lemons or whatever the saying is.