Anonymous User wrote:Decided to use this thread to vent.
I am a 3L. I am at a T25 law school with a 3.5 (which is at least top 1/3). I have passed the Patent Bar and invested great time and effort into IP classes/ECs/papers. I really just don't understand why I have not received a job (or even a callback) yet. I have submitted over 200 applications to firms, companies, you name it. I'm not asocial either, and think that I interview decently well. At least this is what I have been told in mock interviews.
I had a job before law school, but believed my school when it listed private sector starting mean at $145k. I also made sure to look up the real (adjusted) employment rate on graduation (50%) and have for that reason made sure to stay relatively high in my class. Now I've decided to graduate early to get this **** over with, and am not sure what I am qualified for. My life sciences background, lack of post grad experience, and lack of state bar (as well as geographic connections, for that matter) make it all but impossible for me to get a job where/in the field I want (though I am currently applying to any and all jobs). Meanwhile, veterans and URMs with similar/worse stats to my own are securing biglaw jobs with their first interview, while I've paid out over $5k at this point going to interview programs and networking in ways that OCS said would help me. Then there are the speakers who come in (yea, I go to all of them) and say that they struggled too, and that all you need to do is to stay focused. Screw that. I've focused as hard as I can on the type of law that I want to do, and have repeatedly come out empty-handed. At what point do I give up and just start bartending or evading my debt in Europe?
I have two suggestions.
First, fix your attitude. Griping about biglaw jobs going to veterans and URMS suggests you are haughty and entitled. Throwing a cyber tantrum about not having found a job yet suggests you need to grow up more. Here is the truth: the world owes you nothing, and you simply don't know why the veterans and the URMs who got the Biglaw jobs you didn't get. (Maybe they interviewed better than you did. Maybe they spoke better English than you do. Maybe their writing samples showed that they can construct cogent arguments and express them in simple, elegant sentences -- something most lawyers cannot do.) Like the other million law school graduates, you chose to join a profession with daunting job prospects. Anyone paying attention to the news about the legal market knows that graduates from Yale to Cooley are struggling to find jobs. Simply put, no one has it easy. So, you must do what every mature, balanced adult who has ever faced adversity had to do: suck it up and keep on climbing until you reach your goal.
Second, get more creative with your job search. Look for paths less frequently travelled. For example, you could offer to volunteer at a firm or a government agency a few days a week. You'll get good experience and meet some attorneys in your desired practice area. And if you're pleasant and friendly, you might develop a friendship with an attorney who is willing to put his or her name on the line for you by making calls, emailing, suggesting you for future vacancies, and so on. I can't tell you how many attorneys I know who've done this; the numbers will startle you. So do consider it. Too many law school graduates are too arrogant and impatient to do it.