Anonymous User wrote:How common is it for associates to be fired within their first year? I got an offer, but I'm pretty sure they weren't terribly happy with my work. Also, the offer was pretty half-assed. "We'd love to have you but maybe think about doing 3L OCI."
Sorry, but you should look for a new job. This is pretty much a cold offer. It's a way for you to honestly say that you were given an offer by your 2L summer firm when you do OCI.
If you don't wind up with anything, it sounds like they will take you in the fall, but you will be digging yourself out of a hole. You will need to prove yourself and prove yourself fast. If you connected with anyone at the firm, I would reach out to them and let them know you really want to hit the ground running and are wondering if they have some ideas about ways that you can make sure you climb the learning curve as quickly as possible (ie, don't say tht you got a cold offer or that you have concerns about your summer work product -- present the question in an entirely positive manner, this person might not have any idea about the issues you've described and you should not share your concerns without some one bringing them up first).
If you start, keep a keen eye on the signals you are getting and continue job hunting. If the firm cold offers, then they are likely to give you lead time if they decide to let you go.
Best of luck.