I have about two weeks left of my summer job at the District Attorney's office and then it is back to being a student. I have truly enjoyed working there and I gained so much experience. I wrote my first real motion, ran background checks, and helped prep for jury trials among so many other things. Today I visited the men's jail (yes, the very one where Chris Brown was held). Soon I will even have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with the Sheriff's Department. But now that August is around the corner, my main focus is interviewing. Interviews for next summer's jobs are beginning and it can be a very stressful time.
In law school, your second summer is generally the most important. The job you receive after your 2L year is usually the job where you hope to receive a full-time offer of employment for after graduation. These interviews can be intense and naturally, they can make people go a little cray cray. As intense as they are, what bothers me most is how cynical other people can be. I am not generally a stressed person. Even when other people are freaking out around me, I tend to keep it pretty cool. That said, I still don't care to be surrounded by stress. I don't care to be around people that are completely pessimistic about the law school process. I am a firm believer that you have to speak great things and opportunities into existence. It doesn't mean that you can't be realistic, it just means that you shouldn't let opportunities pass you by, as you sit on your couch and mope about how hard life is.
So far, I have received a good number of interviews from employers. A few of those are actually really good firms (and really competitive too). Statistically it's true, the chances of landing those jobs are very slim and I'm going to have to work really hard. But like I said, you need to believe that good things will happen in your life before good things actually start happening in your life. I was selected for those interviews for a reason. Maybe it is because I am meant to work at those places, or maybe it's because those interviews are meant to help me prepare for other positions that I'm better suited for. Whatever the case, I am going to give it my all and treat these opportunities as though they are absolutely meant for me! Any time you quit at something, all you're doing is leaving room for somebody else to make it. So I guess I should be grateful for all of the cynical, Debbie-Downers out there ... make room!