OP here, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU all for your comments. TLS is incredible!
I meant $70,000 as a starting salary. I can't imagine going through all this and having all this debt and not making at least that much. To me it would make law school not worth it to be paid less than that.
Definitely in a better market I would stay. Like many of us at a top14, I passed on lots of money at lower ranked schools to be here, because I was always told that even the bottom of a top14 does well. Maybe those were lies back in the day, too, but it was believable. Now I hear about 3Ls with good grades not getting jobs, and I'm freaked out.
You guys have confirmed everything I've thought about CSO. In my limited experience with them they've seemed very cheerful, but unable to give any real advice. And I read something our CSO director said in the paper and it sounded like totally B.S.. It was right before ASW and I think that's why she got herself in the paper. It was really disgusting.
About my grades, I have less than a 3.0. I did bad on all my exams, but in different ways. All my exams were looking for different kinds of answers, and I even though I've been working harder, I feel the exact same as I did last semester. That one exam where I split between highest and lowest was actually my best grade. My other exams with notes on them had me doing well in some parts but poorly in other.
I think over the next 2 years I can get my grades up to median. I can't possibly do this bad all three years. Maybe I can.
But I also suspect that there's easier grading/grade inflation in the 2L and 3L years. But does that matter? What will job prospects be for someone graduating without a job? Isn't that the path to a $40,000 job? I honestly don't know. I've spent so much time and energy thinking/planning on getting a job at OCI I have no idea how it works without OCI. I didn't think I'd be in that kind of situation going to MVP. Maybe I've been very naive this whole time, but I just don't know.
imchuckbass58, unfortunately I don't have connections to a market without a T14 feeder.
I'm also leery about DAs office. I don't want to do criminal law, and I heard the pay is pretty low, isn't it? When you say "paying decently" do you mean $70,000 and above? I'm afraid of graduating and making $40,000, which I can make now.
Honestly, I want a job that pays well more than I want to be a lawyer. In a weird way I feel like this might be the universe telling me I shouldn't be on this path. But then again, the universe didn't screw up my torts final, I did. I knew the material cold, knew every case cold, and felt like I had a rapport with my Professor. The day we got our grades back I felt like I was punched in the stomach. My parents keep telling me not to throw away this opportunity (being at a top14 law school), and I know there are so many smart and motivated students out there that would kill to be at a top14. I'm the only one of my friends from college that got into a top14. Maybe I just came in at the wrong time. But if the top 25% at another T14 is striking out at OCI, what hope is there for me?
I appreciate everyone's comments. It sounds like people are saying a $70,000 salary is unlikely. Am I the only one on TLS that ended up in the bottom? Is there a 2L or 3L in a similar situation that can speak to what it's been like for them?