I know frantic law students post about this time and time again, but I guess I am looking for a bit more personal and current insight. I'm meeting with career services at school next week, but just need to unleash my growing anxiety somehow beforehand as it feels as though I am having a mild mental breakdown.
Recently went through the 2L Ottawa Recruit. I applied to around 15 places (I think there were around 20 to apply to, but couldn't apply to any firms requiring a bilingual student), had 9 OCIs and 1 non-oci in-firm. After OCI's I got 2 more in-firms for a total of 3. Unfortunately, as the title states, I didn't end up with an offer.
I totally understand that OCIs are kind of a crap-shoot, and I keep telling myself that I did my best and the lack of a call does not reflect on my abilities, but it's just not connecting. I cannot stop crying. I'm in the top 10% of my class, nothing lower than a B+, but I have no extracurriculars besides some minor volunteer research work for a couple profs. I realize now that I probably made a huge mistake not having any ECs, but I was working during first year and my stupid self thought I could still land a job if I got good enough grades to cancel it out. Now that I am in second year, I'm having a horrible time trying to find ECs to do.
My interview skills pre-law school were not great, and although I feel like I've improved a ton, I definitely do find that I have a hard time selling myself during the informal interviews big law firms tend to give as I'm naturally sort of a quiet/humble person. I thought I had developed a good rapport with my in-firm interviewers, but evidently, maybe not. Or maybe I did and the lack of ECs was a killer?
I went to law school because I have a science background and totally thought IP law was a pretty realistic possibility. The reality was that it wasn't, or at least isn't for big-law firms, because I only have a bachelors, and it's in chem, not engineering. Luckily I love all my other classes and find other areas of law interesting, but I definitely did not expect to be struggling this much, so maybe part of this is just me not properly managing my expectations.
I'd like to stay in Ottawa if I can as I have a partner here and am pretty well settled. But if you guys think I have little chance of finding an Ottawa job and should be looking elsewhere, please let me know. As for my interests... I love health law, but also into IP, employment law, immigration, civil lit, maaaaybe crim. But I'm honestly just desperate for experience and will work anywhere.
1. Does anyone with knowledge of the ottawa legal market know whether 2L jobs will still pop up post-OCI?
2. Should I cold email/call that didn't participate in OCIs to see if they are hiring? From what I hear, a lot of firms in Ottawa don't have the resources to hire summer students and usually just hire articling students....so I don't know if it's just annoying/pointless for me to be sending in my resume and asking. I figure it's worth a shot, but let me know.
3. Should I be panicked? Or do I need to calm the hell down?
4. Does anyone have any ideas on how to buff my resume EC wise this late in the game?