Just a couple of blocks from Fordham University Law School, on a recent warm spring evening, a few 2Ls were at a bar, drinking and discussing a subject that’s become almost taboo on campus — summer employment. “It’s really weird, but no one talks about jobs,” says one student. Another takes a sip of his questionable concoction of bourbon and iced tea, and adds: “When you’re stressing for months, searching for something that probably won’t even pay, you feel pathetic. I don’t want to know if the guy next to me has a job.”

Summer jobs were easier to talk about — and easier to get — a few years ago. Back then, the process was like a train running on a track. Fordham may not be Harvard, but a place in the top third of your class meant your choice of a plum summer gig, which led to a near-guaranteed job after graduation.

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