In life, jobs have always just fallen in my lap. Somehow jobs have just found me and I have never had to work very hard at find them. Legal jobs are so very, very different. I am finding out quickly, it is about who you know in the business....and likely who THEY know.
The heat is on right now in job hunting. I have enough money to see me through until August 31st. After that, I will have zero in my checking account. I am terrified. And in a catch 22. The bar results won't come out until mid September or so.
So the networking has commenced. I have contacted as many of my attorney friends as I know, asking them to keep their eyes and ears open. I am also applying for anything that pops up, but the truth is that lawyer positions are rarely listed....Usually someone knows someone, and word of mouth is what gets you the job.
So as you are going to law school, especially if you are going to stay in the area of the school, build networking opportunities. If you have a guest lecturer, make sure and introduce yourself and get their card. You never know when that contact will come in handy later. Get to know the adjunct professors that teach only one class or so in their area of specialty -- take that class if you can. Position yourself so that they like you and are familiar with you -- they will HELP you when you need it.
Finding a legal job is not like finding regular jobs. Know this and plan for it. And be prepared for many no's before you get the yes. Be prepared to get LOTS of no's before you get your bar results. But work your connections.