My 1L job search was a pretty mundane experience: I sent out resumes and went on some interviews. I did my best, and was never concerned about being unable to find a job. Naturally, I had doubts about whether I would get offers with my first choice employers, but I ultimately knew there would be something waiting for me at the end of the process. If nothing else, I knew I could at least rack up a collection of cool trinkets from my travels. My nostalgia abounds thinking of the good ol' "hustle-less" days. Boy, have things changed.
In the midst of a floundering legal market, 1Ls seem far less optimistic about their job prospects as they interview for summer positions this year. As anxiety increases, so too--inevitably--does the competition. Don't believe me? Listen to what one tipster from "the" collegial law school has to say:
As a 1L, I don't know what the job search has been like in previous years, but it is definitely intense this season. Our OCI schedule included like 3 firms, some of which interviewed 30 students for one SA spot. Even though everyone goes out of their way to avoid looking like a gunner in class, it's unabashed gunnerism when it comes to the job search. All anyone wants to talk about is jobs, and people are just desperate to get an edge.But how far are desperate 1Ls really willing to go? As the tipster reports:
During an interview, a partner asked me about my favorite TV shows. Not wanting to admit to the trash I really watch in my free time, I randomly named a show that seemed a little more in line with what a law student should be watching. Unfortunately, it was the guy's favorite show, and I had actually never seen it. I pulled off a several minute long conversation about the show based on what I'd seen in previews and hearing my friends talking about it.Unfortunately, the tipster didn't mention what the more "lawyerly" show was, but we're guessing it was Law & Order or Shark. Apparently, other students were even willing to undertake more extreme measures to bolster their job prospects. As the tipster went on to say:
Other 1Ls are going just as far. I know a guy that lied about being engaged so that he would have a "legitimate" tie to the area to impress a local firm.The times are surely a-changin. But how bad could things really get? We shamelessly admit we want to know more. Much more. Share your stories, and things can get interesting...