Finals, and then what?

April 27, 2009
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It’s finals time. Exams have started at two Indiana law schools, with exams beginning next month at the others.

Exams are already stressful enough. Add to that the fact that it seems more students are having trouble finding summer associate positions or jobs for after graduation and this can be a trying time. Some Indiana firms have admitted trimming programs or not hiring students this year because they don’t plan on adding attorneys in the immediate future.

A question for the 3Ls who will be leaving law school in just a few weeks: Are you glad to be done with school or wish you still had another year or two before entering the “real world?” Has the legal world changed at all since you first entered law school?
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  • The legal landscape has definitely changed since I entered law school 3 years ago. While I am excited about graduating, I would be much more secure if I had a job lined up after graduation. And to make things worse, not only am I competing with the 44,000 law students graduating this year, but I\'m forced to compete with more experienced attorneys who have suffered layoffs due to the economic crisis. While I try to be optimistic and upbeat about my options as I job hunt, I have considered going back to school for an LLM or even an undergrad engineering degree thinking that perhaps I could find a position as a patent attorney...

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