Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Who to blame?

I'm painfully bored at the bookstore. I've finished my high protein and fiber breakfast bar. I don't have any books handy to do homework with. And I've checked facebook about 25 times. No, zero cute girls have posted on my wall in the last five minutes.

Which leads me to all y'all! Happy wednesday and merry hump day. Have you eaten your apple?

I don't really have many things to say today. I had my interview. It went well. I get the impression that they aren't interested, but if they could hire everyone, they would, yadda yadda yadda.

It's crazy how only a few GPA points up or down can completely change your interview status. If I were .2 or evey .05 gpa points higher, I'd probably have gotten about 10 more interviews, instead of my five or six. On the other hand, if I were down by an equal amount, I'd have gotten zero interviews.

I guess that's a luck thing.

Or potentially not. It may well be that I am to be in that unhappy group that interviews exclusively to round-out the pool. At the end of the day, I'm not going to get a call-back, much less a job offer, and I'll have ultimately wasted my time and possibly my money buying a new suit for nothing.

Wow. That was bleak.

Law school is a funny place, because everyone spends so much time absorbed in their own problems. They may show this in different ways. For example, one person might never talk about their problems, but be constantly thinking of them. Another might speak out long and loud. Either way, the self-absorption is undeniable.

Consider myself. Here I am, complaining about wasting my time on interviews when I never get called back. For all intents and purposes, I'm in the upper echelon! The vast majority of 2Ls are getting zero interviews and have no idea what they are going to do over the coming months....

A hottie just walked by. "How you doin?"

And I'm back. What was I saying? Oh yes, self-absorption. So all of these people are getting no interviews and no job offers, and all I can think about is how lucky those people are who've already gone on call-backs. The fact of the matter is, until an offer has been placed at our table, we're all in this big, jobless boat together.

This would naturally suggest that we ought to single out those who've gotten offers and whine about them, right? Well, I'd often agree with that, but even that really isn't an option at the moment, because those people all seem to be really nice, hard-working individuals who deserve jobs at least as much as the rest of us.

Which leaves only one group. That's right. I'm talking to you, law students whose spouses either are or are going to be doctors!!! Way to leave some of the money for other people!

That, of course, was a little joke, if only because they also seem to fall into the category of nice and hardworking. No, the only people left to blame are the hirers of the world. Law firms seemingly have no conception of what would or would not make a good candidate, so they hire as tradition dictates.

This means they look for people like themselves; they hire under-represented groups; and they rely upon the completely useless 20 minute interview.

Oh how I hate them.

I should change professions. I should become a mime, move to New Orleans, have zero dollars resulting in forced weight-loss, and eventually become a vigilante, patrolling the streets to ensure that Metropolis is safe for another day.

That would be awesome.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do you know how much med school costs? I'm afraid if I don't take a big $$ job, we will be the most highly educated people living in a cardboard box in the world. (Okay, probably not, I generally thing homeless people are probably really intelligent.)

Rest assured that as soon as the future doctor starts making some money, I will probably work pro-bono... or at least almost pro-bono.

Once again, I should stop reading your blog/emails during class... I'm laughing silently to myself in estates and trusts... as if dying without a will is funny. He must think I'm a sick, twisted person. : )