Rising 3Ls at the University of Texas School of Law received a rather matter-of-fact message from their career services office:
OCI Process Overview
Employer registration closes July 1, 2009. The number of scheduled interview rooms is down overall from last year, with a drop of about 45 percent for employers seeking 3Ls.
That’s not so surprising, is it? Just your average, everyday email explaining that recruitment for 3Ls has FALLEN OFF OF A FREAKING CLIFF!
Arguably, more 3Ls than usual will be forced into 3L interviewing (unless you really believe, contrary to some observers, that offer rates will be around close to 100% for current summer associates).
More job seekers + Fewer employers = Recipe for disaster.
After the jump, UT tipsters weigh in.
As you can well imagine, the reaction from UT law students has not been great this morning. One tipster points out:
45%?!?! And so matter of fact about it like we’re just talking about the weather. Not that it could be helped, I’m sure. It’s a crap economy everywhere. Go class of 2010!
Another tipster has a more proactive approach:
I’m happy I have a couple of months to get in shape. By the time I return to campus, I’ll be ready to defend my interviewing slots with my fists.
And of course, there’s this:
This would never happen in Texis!
Rising 3Ls at UT Law should not feel too bad. This is probably happening all over the country. I’d show up for 3L OCI as ready as possible. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “there are too many pigs for the teat.”