Specifically the class of 2011. Many of you right now are probably in a panic, especially for those that have passed the bar and been admitted. I know the feeling and it blows. We're coming up on April 2012 and its been nearly a year since graduation. The black hole of the job search continues as resume after resume gets sent with no reply. Nothing. Once in a while a computer generated response of receipt and that's about it. The frustration can be maddening. I know the feeling and went through the experience myself. It took me 19 months post graduation to get the job. At the near end I practically gave up. But out of stubbornness I'd continue to send out resumes until something bit. Here are some tips for you unemployed or underemployed grads.
For California grads, and the same applies generally nation wide, GO TO COURT. I cannot stress how important this is. Go to any superior court and check out the calendars outside the department. There are trials going on all the time. Watch how the juries get selected, opening argument, expert witness testimony and cross examination. Even something as stupid as getting medical records admitted has tripped up many new grads and some mid term vets. Even regular hearings such as case management conferences, trial setting conferences, hearings on motions such as demurrers, MSJs and motion to compel. You can learn plenty just by watching.
Many of these trials are short and to the point. Auto accident cases are the best because they are easy but can show you all the basics. And you get to watch the plaintiff and defense doctors come to the exact opposite conclusions LOL. Liability cases with an accident reconstruction expert would be the best.
At this point, as an unemployed grad you don't have too many options other than sending resumes or sulking in your room/basement/bridge. Simply going to court, watching and taking good notes can show you how the system works. It's a shame that law school doesn't require ANY court participation whatsoever. What better training than to watch live?? Rather, they are too busy spouting the same shit they've been teaching for the last 30 yrs instead of actually trying to teach students real legal skills.
The sad reality is that more than half of these recent grads will place in full time jobs. Many will be part time and the remainder will work in "business" or "industry" which means retail, sales, busboy, cab driver, etc. For those that want to give the law a shot should take my advice and check out the courts.