vamedic03 wrote:(a) 1L's - recognize that until you have your 1st semester grades back, you don't know whether or not you will be competitive for big law, etc. Don't plan on being able to go into big law and start to consider government work.
vamedic, I'm curious what you mean by the second sentence. Do you mean we shouldn't be thinking we can go into big law and use government work as a backup option? That seems to be the sense that I've gotten from here is that government and PI work shouldn't be considered an easy backup and is actually quite competitive.
To anyone willing to answer, do you think that a decision should be made during 1L as to whether one would pursue PI or big law? I have an interest in both and would like to study the law before I decide what kind of law I want to practice.
How is OGI going this year in general? Is there any sense of how it is overall? I haven't seen too much about it on here. A related question, how are people doing that are aiming for the west coast? Or Houston/Dallas for that matter?
This may be a silly question. I know what happens if one strikes out at 2L OGI. But, what happens if one gets a 2L SA position and then doesn't get offered a job from that? Does that person go through OGI again or are they on their own for finding a job? Is getting a SA position in 2L the only way to get into big law?
1) Prestigious government and PI is just as competitive as big law - however, often times they'll look at factors other than grades (commitment, WE, etc.). There are less competitive PI and government positions as well - you need to be open to these positions.
2) You do not need to make a decision between PI/Government and big law; but, if you don't have a very public service heavy resume, I would highly recommend doing something in PI or public service over 1L summer. This will help give you street cred if you do big law your 2L summer and then decide you'd rather do public service. I did public service during 1L summer and will be at a firm next summer.
3) I've heard very mixed things with OGI this year. I know people with strong grades who don't have any offers yet and I know people with weaker grades that do have offers. I know some people who got lots of callbacks and some who got very few. I've heard mixed things about Texas - some have been successful, some have not been very successful. Same thing with people focusing on the West Coast. I honestly can't give a better answer than that. What I can tell you, is that for whatever city you interview in (including DC or NYC) have clear, articulable reasons for wanting to be in that city.
4) I don't know personally know anyone who got no-offered. I think their big-law prospects will probably depend on a lot of different factors (networking, grades, etc. - if you're top 5% and got no-offered you'll probably be fine, if you're at median, it might be bleaker). Regardless, at least in my experience, career services WILL NOT abandon you and I know that career services have been working their asses off trying to help everyone.