A. I'm sorry to hear that you have been having so much difficulty finding permanent work as an associate. It is not unreasonable to think that, after three years of hard work in law school, you would have many job opportunities awaiting you after graduation.
But even in an "up" economy, it can still take a while to land your first "real" legal job. Despite the time that has passed since you graduated, let me reassure you that you can still look forward to a long and fruitful career as an attorney.
Based on your current situation, I will assume that you are not someone who graduated from law school with "top academics." As you probably know, most law students with strong academic credentials are recruited by major firms in on-campus fall recruiting. Those "top students" who choose not to pursue this route are likely to stand out from the pack when they apply for other jobs (e.g., with government agencies, smaller firms, corporations or nonprofit organizations).