by Susan Gainen
Small and medium sized firms
Are they clueless? No. After graduation, the law school calendar becomes a distant memory that is supplanted by their kids' academic and activity calendars and professional activities. Summer camp registration often triggers the "need a law clerk" response, hence the wave of recruiting that happens in April and May.
Public Interest/Public Service
If you are on a public interest job hunt, you probably have mathematical certainty about the financial situation of the agencies that you have targeted. If not, why not? There is no point in hanging on for a paid position when none can possibly emerge. If the agency has no funds, you have been unsuccessful in your application for funding, and you cannot work for free, it is time to make Plan B, which includes Building A Network in related fields.