Anonymous User wrote:I focused on DC biglaw, to my detriment. Is the hiring cycle in NYC pretty much over at this point? Any tips for tracking down smaller shops?
No idea if this will be helpful to you, but FWIW: I'm an alumni who struck out on big law and generally don't have big law qualifications beyond my A3 clerkship. I targeted almost exclusively small/medium firms throughout CA, where I'm licensed, because I didn't think I'd land anything from big law and I'm genuinely more interested in a smaller firm.
Every day I scoured Linkedin, Lawcrossing (I found it worth it to pay for a month of it - they do seem to have a lot of postings that I didn't find elsewhere), and firms' sites. I have a specific area I want to practice, so I found some lists of firms that specialized in the area, and cold emailed them. I applied to essentially everything I found that I was even remotely qualified for. There are lots of job openings out there, but IMO it requires constantly checking sites and applying non-stop.
Ironically, I landed a big law job through a friend. But I got a number of interviews and a couple of offers from smaller firms. I also got some interview invites from small firms I had applied to months ago after accepting the job.