audrey hepburn wrote:Hi,
This is a question for current Rutgers students or anyone else that may now. I was wondering, do you know if your classmates are having a hard time finding 1L or 2L internships/jobs? Also, are a lot of 3Ls having a hard time finding a job?
I did answer this question a while back, but I couldn't tell you where so I'll sum it up a bit.
1Ls are doing just fine getting summer jobs. But that doesn't mean anything. Getting a 1L job is not indicative of your chances at getting a 2L or a full time job (for the most part). Obviously if you have impeccable 1L grades and got a fellowship or some type of a 1L job that comes with a 2L stipend or offer to return as a 2L that's a big deal. But those are so few and far between the numbers are microscopic.
A few 1Ls have been able to get paid jobs with firms, and corporations. However, many 1Ls are taking this summer to do something for the experience or to dabble in something they otherwise wouldn't. A lot of people are doing really great clerkships, which is just something you want to have one your resume at some point. There are also some great gov't jobs and public interest jobs people are doing (US Atty's office, Atty General, Human Rights Division etc.)
3Ls that I know seem to be about 50/50. Many have firm jobs or clerkships. And I'm not sure where people get the idea that Rutgers (or any school for that matter) pads it's clerkship stats with so called traffic court or night court clerkships but that's just nonsense. When the school is talking clerskships they're talking NJ Supreme court, Appellate Division, Criminal Division, NY Court Systems (Family, Criminal, Appeals). The kind of clerkships you want on your resume, the kind that lead to great jobs after your clerkship year. But there are 3Ls that still have not secured jobs. They had 1L and 2L jobs. A lot of the 3Ls that worked for firms as 2L assumed they would get hired, but just haven't heard anything. But it's usually because the firm has not extended offers to anyone from that summer associate class, which means they're probably still waiting to see what the job market looks like. Firms have been waiting much longer to extend full time offers so unfortunately the waiting game is typical.
2Ls tend to lock up a jobs a little better. A lot of them did OCI, but many people gets jobs outside of OCI. I know as prospective students your main focus, and main source of information for jobs tends to circulate around the OCI program, but it's not this magical place where law firms swoop down and pick up 2Ls and carry them off to the top floor of high rise building and pay them lots of money. Unfortunately it's a little less awesome than that! According to career services OCI is "less-robust" than it has been in the past but apparently it's picking up. That's probably why they told someone that the outlook for the c/o 2013 will look a little better than the c/o 2010 (not that it takes a rocket scientist to make that kind of prediction). The thing about OCI is that it's just one way to get a job and you should use it as one source not necessarily as the end all be all to employment. Obviously most employers at OCI will be looking primarily for 2Ls (with good grades and a good resume) so it's a great opportunity to get a job, but there are ways to get jobs outside of OCI.
So overall, I would say people are doing okay.