I'll try to type a short update. I have let the contact position go and accepted a full-time position at a small firm. Yes, I am now learning a new area of law. No, you do not get paid to learn a new area of law. You get paid to produce. My production level will increase as I learn this new area of law. We've always been at war with Eastasia. And, so it goes.
Here's the kicker... The guy who offered me the position is someone I have known for over a decade. We were not the best of friends, of course. I had never been to his house, he had never been to mine. But, we were on a first name basis and ran in the same social circles for over ten years. Thus, I got this job because of a friendship fostered well before I attended law school.
It's not what you know, it's who you know.
I'd be laughing if that wasn't so damn sad.
Best of luck to all of you.