If you do get a biglaw 2L summer jerb, enjoy survivors' guilt. Not even joking.
The vast majority of 0L's are incapable of grasping just how true this is.
I think this actually explains some of the more bitter threads around here. People want to believe they're employed because they're more special, more hard-working, more personable, more worthy. No one wants to believe that it might be largely random.
That's basically it right there. If I had to try to put it into words for 1Ls, it's this:
You come in to 1L, and the people that do best have an affinity for picking up on a type of test that doesn't resemble legal practice on subjects that don't resemble anything you'll see in practice either. Hard work is neither necessary nor sufficient to do well. Whether you did well or not is largely out of your control, thanks to the curve. The results from these tests will largely determine one's success at OCI, but when you get the results, they often seem totally random.
Then you get into OCI. And if you're in a system with lottery, it's gonna feel random what firms you get. Some people get a lot, some people don't. If it's preselect, then interviews you get are based off 1L grades (which will seem random). You go into interviews, and whether you click with screening interviewers sometimes is largely a function of chance, unless you truly are the type of person who has a big personality. Sometimes you don't click and you get the CB anyway. Callbacks are more of a same. Because there are so many applicants, the process is largely out of your hands, and you'll have no idea why you get picked over someone else. People who did better than you will strike out, people who did worse than you will get offers. Decisions are based on "fit," and it's almost impossible to know what that's like before walking in the room. All the while you're stressed and feel sorta helpless about this situation that is entirely out of control.
So at the end, you have an offer, and sometimes, you have no idea why. Sure, you have a good personality, but there are plenty of people with awesome personalities with no offers. Sure you may have grades, but what are those really based on anyway? Getting an offer isn't validating, it leaves you wondering, even if just a little bit, why you deserved it over anyone else.