By Brian Malcom
Abovethelaw.com reports that Sughrue Mion of Washington, D.C. fired 1/3 of its incoming first-year class and cancelled its 2009 summer associate program. ATL also reports that Morris, Manning & Martin of Atlanta, GA fired all of its incoming associates and cancelled its 2009 summer associate program.
What can you do if you are a 3L with a job offer? Don't panic. Panic is not productive.
Make sure you are focusing on your grades and networking. GPA and contacts are more important now than they've ever been. Who you know is also important in these hard times. A foot-in-the-door will likely help a great deal these days, when law firms are being flooded with applicants and hiring has slowed. Use your GPA and contacts to set yourself apart from the masses.
Stay happy. Find something that makes you happy and focus on that. Dwelling on the "doom and gloom" of today's economy only serves to stifle motivation. The unmotivated are unattractive to employers. Find a way to stay happy. Spend time with your family, help those in need, travel, exercise, hang out with friends, enjoy your hobbies, etc. Just stay motivated.
You never know when an opportunity will arise. Stay ready.