Blindmelon wrote:I talked to a bunch of 2/3Ls at BU - most were pretty happy with where they're going employment wise. Those in the thick of OCI had a lot of interviews, but people weren't confident in getting callbacks, etc. People had some really interesting prestigious public interest work lined up, and career services seems to be pushing people towards avenues other than biglaw. All in all, the big firm employment is dry, but those who have networked and reached beyond the biglaw model seem to be doing well and happy. The 3Ls obviously were better off than the 2Ls, but many of the 2Ls weren't doing so bad for themselves. As career services stated, its just time to get creative and spend much more time networking and pulling contacts than needed in the past. This is of course anecdotal, as I only talked to about 8ish people.
Those who rely only on OCI for work are not in a good place though, but its pretty lazy to just rely on one thing ITE.
I agree with this 100%. Graduated from a T2 school in May and have a job. Worked all through LS clerking FT or PT as well. Got all my jobs through networking, never bothered with OCI. In fact two weeks ago I had a federal agency call me, and ask me to interview with them for an open position (had not even been advertised yet). All because someone I knew put in a good word for me.
Connections is everything in law, who you know beats where you go. Of my friends who were actively part of the legal community from the start of law school all have good jobs. Those that relied exclusively on OCI, well most of them are still looking. The days of many people finding jobs from OCI, even at top schools, are over for awhile. You have to have other options, and one of the best is getting involved in the working legal community through the bar or other groups as soon as you start school.
I’d also like to address the bi-modal thing. There are entry level jobs out there in the 60-80k range. I know plenty of people who got them. But again, all those jobs came from contacts, these firms don’t OCI and they don’t put adds on Craigslist. They are filled by word of mouth referral. The reason why law students have such hard time finding them is because they don’t tap into the legal market the way they need to get them. In the bimodal distribution your seeing more than just salaries, your seeing OCI jobs at the top and people finding crap jobs at e the bottom from Craigslist and a few people who got connected in law school finding the mid range jobs from word of mouth. Its as much a problem with law students not understanding how to find good jobs as it is anything else.