Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Got an offer today with a large in house that runs a summer legal program similar to firm programs. Trying to sort some things out (on my end) but obviously probably taking it. Thanks to everyone on here who has helped just by being in the same boat and/or encouraging. I hope this encourages others - there are places interviewing (between January and this week, I've had ~5 interviews with more lined up) and giving out offers (and good positions at that!).
Can you point me in a very general direction? What resource can I use to find the employers who are still hiring?
I'm the quoted anon.
I think it varies by location. However, I used many different resources. For places posting positions, I used the school's symplicity site and emails, other group (local bar associations or law student groups) emails, and some online sources. There are some third party sites that post (lawstudentjobs.net is great, especially if you subscribe since then you don't have to remember to keep checking). Heck, I was checking so many places that I was even looking on craigslist (nothing really in my area, but I know of others who found good summer legal jobs through there). I'd also keep checking on any places you are interested in by their website and LinkedIn.
However, I absolutely did not limit myself to places that posted jobs. I emailed applications to tons of firms (all sizes), companies (got from Forbes, Inc., googling, lists of in house counsel, etc.), and tried to use contacts to branch out. I would say that most of my interviews came from these emailed applications - and often I was the first person they interviewed, since I applied before they posted anything). I networked like crazy, which helped me get some interviews and helped me get information about places before I applied/interviewed there (typically information I could bring up in the interview so they would realize I actually cared about them rather than just blindly applying). I think it's also important to keep going to networking events - I got some job leads from them (and sometimes just encouragement!).
I've seen a bunch of great jobs posted in the last week, so there are definitely still good positions out there. Good luck! Keep pushing and you'll get there! There are still a lot of good jobs out there if you expand from firms (and even some good firm positions remain for mid and small). Maybe they aren't BigLaw summer associate jobs, but they are still great opportunities!