QI am extremely frustrated and a recent graduate. I got suckered into going to a law school that was probably third tier (a “TTT Law School“), maybe even fourth (to this day, I have no clue how you figure that out—nor do I care). I graduated in July with decent grades and won a National Moot Court Championship. Yes, WON it and the award for Best Brief. I am a real person, not a law robot. I communicate with people very well, I have a lot of “life” and work experience in the area in which I want to practice, and, quite honestly, I would make a great lawyer.
Problem is that NOBODY will give me the time of day. I am extremely frustrated and thinking of giving up hope. Is the legal world REALLY all about the name on your diploma? I never thought or realized it would be like this. I feel like a victim; like I got ripped-off by the law school I decided to attend after they blew the “our school is great” smoke up my hairy, Jewish ass. If another person says, “Bad economy,” or “You will be fine,” I’m going to lose it.
How do I best approach the job search? What do I do to quell the countless rejections and merciless ridicule that I receive from law firms? Can I sue the law school for fraud? I look forward to hearing from you, and thanks!
AFirst things first: You can’t sue your law school for fraud. I assume you were kidding, but in case you weren’t, the answer is, “Hell no.” What would the basis of your case be?
“I went to a shitty law school because they tricked me into thinking it was Harvard, and then, when I graduated, I found out it wasn’t.”
Unfortunately for you, there’s this magazine called U.S. News & World Report that actually ranks law schools. And believe it or not, everyone—including you—has access to it. So let the law-school thing go, dude. It’s over. Time to move on.
As for the rest of your question: It’s time to stop bitching and start hustling. You need to target realistic opportunities (i.e., small firms, government jobs, etc.) and find creative ways to get in the door. Exploit college and law school contacts; offer to work on an hourly basis; look for an exciting part-time internship.
You also need to make peace with the fact that your first job might not be perfect. Think of it as a stepping-stone to the next job. But please, stop complaining. No one likes a bitter lawyer—not even other bitter lawyers.