pjo wrote:That's too bad man, I really hope things start panning out for you. Are most 3L's in the same situation? I have a lot of connections to the legal community in Pittsburgh but I kind of have the feeling that the city is just in a legal slump. Even with my connections I'm thinking it might be better to try my luck at another regional school I'm interested in, like UNC or Wake. I'm thinking because NC is growing it might have more opportunity.
Yes, most of us are in that situation. Everyone's adopted a sort of a gallows-humor approach to the whole thing!
A lot of the non-biglaw jobs don't hire until the new year, so we really won't know how bad our lot is or isn't for several months.
I know a handful of people with biglaw & biglaw-esque (by that I mean big local firms that pay big-law salaries and have adopted the whole summer associate system) but maybe only about 15 or 20 out of my class of 250. Not surprisingly, they're all near the top of the class and on law review. In good time (meaning a few years ago) the top 1/3 of the class would probably be in that situation. 5 years ago Reed Smith used to take about 15-20 summer associates, mostly from Pitt. This year they took 4. The same goes for the other firms.
I don't know if this means that Pittsburgh is in a legal slump, or if it's typical of the nationwide legal slump.
My advice: 1) Consider your legal connections to Pittsburgh. Are they such that you think an employment opportunity is likely to arise? If yes, then I would recommend giving Pitt serious consideration. If not, then you want to weigh your options. What markets do UNC and Wake feed into? Talk to 3Ls looking for jobs in those markets, and compare.