sienna.ann wrote:Any updates on the job prospects ?
For myself or in general? I am set for my 2L summer and couldn't be happier. I feel like I outperformed what my class rank would indicate I should be doing. Not BigLaw or anything, but it definitely fits my long term goal. I know for my friends, it's a mixed bag. I don't go around asking everyone what they're doing for the summer (just in case they're having a hard time about it)... but from what I gather I know a small handful of people with big law, a lot of people in mid-to-small firms, and an equal amount of people still searching. Some of that third group are having varied degrees of success: anywhere from really good shot at landing something good to oh crap. That group also makes up a wide range of the academic spectrum, from law review to barely getting by. Employment's a crap shoot.
I've noticed the biggest game changer in all of that (outside of stellar grades or connections, of course) is any relevant work experience. Not necessarily the oft-touted "real world post undergrad IB/finance" background, either (although it does help); a maligned "K-JD" student can make a huge impact on their job search by having that one thing on their resume that sets them apart from the crowd. A friend of mine, for example, is currently working for a government entity that specializes in a very niche area of law. This person landed that position, in large part, due to an internship s/he once held back in undergrad; from this current gig, a whole swath of opportunities are opening up for the summer.