shock259 wrote:We'll have to wait and see the data on this year. Anecdotes are all over the place. If I had to guess, I'd say it slightly contracted versus last year, but wasn't a sharp drop. But there's no way to know yet.
Regardless, this (or last year) is the new normal.
I agree. We need to see the numbers. I think the biggest firms in NYC have stayed close to the same as last year. Or at least there is no massive drop off that has been documented anywhere. these anecdotes are not that much different than I remember from last year.
Maybe someone has their school's placement data?
People should expect things to be this tough before they go to law school. If it turns out to be better than expected then more people will get jobs and everyone will celebrate. By now people should know how good people with good grades strike out and not because of their interview skills. There aren't enough jobs.
It's not like last year was an amazingly great year. It was a little better and I think no one is deferred starting their post-grad jobs. ( not sure)
People still don't understand how many people strike out. I guess you really have to go through OCI and see some of your friends strike out, get no- offered and not find jobs as 3Ls or even get laid off before reality sinks in.
Being optimistic is a good attribute when you are already a 2L. But if you don't have a job soon that will help you cover your loans, the odds of getting one get smaller and smaller. Dropping out now is financially smarter in many cases than continuing to dig yourself deeper in debt.
All that said, I hope everyone finds a good job; I just feel certain that there are just not enough good jobs out there. You have to make decisions based on reality.