Diary of a 1L
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
1:24 PM

"Hey Mike, Say Something About...2L Fall Interviewing"

If you're thinking about going to law school, don't underestimate the difficulty involved in blazing your own trail, especially if you're not sure whether you want to practice law. This whole fall interviewing business is a prime example of what just drives you nuts. You don't really know who did well the first year until you find out who got on what journal. But then you really find out when this interview business starts. They post lists, publicly, of the people who have interviews. Then the people parade around in suits, so that everyone who doesn't get interviews can feel inadequate. And if you one of the people in the suits, but you're not a hard-driving, competitive person, you feel pretty embarrassed to make other people feel that way. But at the same time, it's just the thing to do and you feel like you should do it because everyone else does.

Surprisingly, I have discovered no evidence that anyone from any firm interviewing on campus has visited this website. Even if they did, I tend to grow weary of holding my tongue after a while. I have not been offered any callback interviews. I don't expect to receive any callback interviews. And if I'm offered any callback interviews, I will more than likely politely decline them. At this point, I feel like the "practice" aspect of the on-campus interviewing process was outweighed by the lousy feeling of having to pretend to be someone you're not to please somebody else. I need to find a career path where I will be valued for who I really am.

You should consider teaching high school at some preppy place where they pay you decently, you get the summers off, a week in spring, and two weeks in the winter.
Isn't that the truth! Thanks for putting into words how what is supposed to be an "honor," (getting an on-campus interview) can instead be a "horror," when none of your friends make the cut.

You have truly captured the law school experience in these pages (I am one semester shy of graduation).
Congrats on a compelling read.
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