Anonymous User wrote:Wholigan wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I can't catch a fucking break! During my 3L year in 2008, I was all about transactional work, clerked at a real estate law firm, but then got no-offered when the market tanked. Then I went to a personal injury firm because it was the only job I could find. Hated the firm, but liked civil litigation. I took the advice of a recruiter and obtained a clerkship (federal magistrate). Now my clerkship is about to end, but the litigation market is down. The transactional firms aren't interested in my resume, and the litigation shops are not hiring. What the hell else can I do?
When does your clerkship end? Don't they usually end in the summer? It seems like clerk hiring tends to gear up in the spring.
Clerkship ends in August. Since I graduated in 2008, I have a lot of friends working in firms (including some that are on the hiring committees of their firm). They've been circulating my resume, but all I am hearing is that they don't have any litigation spots and don't foresee litigation picking up in the next year or so.
Still, it seems like you are worrying kind of early. I would imagine if you apply broadly throughout the spring, you may find something worthwhile. Some have commented that they will send a winter-ish e-mail to firm recruiters or hiring partners asking when they like to receive resumes from clerks, and some will respond and say now, and others will say to send it in March or whatever. It gives you two chances to interact with them. Also, I wouldn't necessarily rely on your associate friends to get you a job. If they work somewhere you want to work, apply yourself and mention the friend's name.
I don't know what firms you are targeting and what your other credentials are, but it's possible that your work experience + the mag clerkship might not translate to a large law firm. Are you also targeting smaller boutique/specialty type firms in the area of your clerkship that practice before your judge and other judges in your courthouse? I imagine these firms might tend not to hire until a few months before you would actually start, so again you might be worrying prematurely.