Lawyer'n career advice needed
But then he went to Cornell?
Not that it is a bad school, but it sure isn't top 3...
And regarding interviews - tell them to use and abuse the career services. Cornell should have a decent set up, one where they would even tape you during mock interviews and critique afterwards - everything, content, body language, etc. Painful but incredibly useful.
USNWR is the ranking with the most weight. Cornell is good, but it's no Harvard/Yale/Stanford (top 3).
He has his work cut out for him, but I think he should be fine. Leverage career services and letter writing to find a job. People understand that he last few years have been tough, and won't write him off just because he doesn't have a 2L internship in BIGLAW. Now is the time to start looking for smaller shops that will give you an summer associate internship, working as an intern for a judge, or even working with a professor over the summer, anything to fill the coming void in the resume. That way, when OCI rolls around again 3L year, he's starting off on the right foot.
The most important thing is that he does SOMETHING, suck it up and take the best job available, even if he has to watch his classmates rake in 3080 a week.