Deuce wrote:I have no clue what map is... Should I?
No. Despite the stories your classmates will tell about making lifelong, lasting friendships and loving the opportunity to get to know other people, as people, at MAP, this doesn't matter because about two weeks into your second semester everyone is going to give up that bullshit and get out the long knives. After another 13 weeks of tight, fake smiles, and lackluster bar nights tarted up as mad bohemian adventures on Facebook, (1) you'll already be sorted into your caste according to the 1L summer work you get.
By the time 2L OCI rolls around, about a year after MAP, you and all those kindred spirits will be history. (2) You'll be ready to gut each other if it means a shot at one of the dwindling number of summer associate slots at a firm that will actually commit to postgraduate employment.
During 2L, you'll either avoid making awkward conversations with the people who didn't make it or (3) try to repair your credentials with bullshit resume lines like Campbell Moot Court.
After that, 3L is just a glassy eyed wasteland where you try to forget some of the relationships you had, you avoid 1Ls, and you either bitch constantly with your few friends about how "nobody" can get a job or you just shut up, go through the motions, and look ahead to the day you can stop bleeding money and begin gainful employment. By the end of 3L, there's a greater than 50% chance that you'll be down to filling out surveys trying to warn 1Ls to leave now and posting about your penis on audoadmit. So, no, MAP isn't the thing you need to worry about.
(1) Not sure where you are getting this. I haven't the faintest idea what 1L jobs people got, and I really don't think anybody gives even the slightest of shits.
(2) Perhaps c/o 2011, but I didn't find this to be the case for my class at all. Obviously some people wanted firm jobs that didn't get them, and there were some hard feelings towards those few individuals who got them and lacked the self-awareness to not be douchebags about it, but those were definitely the exception.
(3) This part is true. People who don't get Law Review or XYZ journal often panic and think that throwing Campbell on is a good idea. It doesn't matter.
In any event, I'm sorry to hear you haven't enjoyed your experience. Your class really did get screwed timing-wise, but even still I think you're in the minority with these comments. Certainly 50% of the class isn't warning 1Ls to get out, and whatever number is
doing that is decreasing with each progressive class after yours. Of the complaints that I have
heard, the vast majority have not been directed towards Michigan in particular, but rather towards the practice of law in general.