generals10 wrote:I've talked to a couple students at each of HYS recently, and while the general feeling is still that the overwhelming majority of HLS students are fine, I have heard a anecdotal accounts of no-offered 3Ls and 2Ls who struck out at OCI. I haven't heard this at all from YLS and SLS students--a Yalie said something along the lines of "everyone at Yale and Stanford who wanted a firm job still got one, even if they were choosing from among significantly fewer options than they would have in boom years, or had to take a firm they weren't crazy about...This wasn't the case at Harvard." That person (and a couple of others that I talked to) attributed this to the class size and more generous grade-reform systems (i.e. practically no one at YS is carrying around even a single Low Pass) that shield the bottom third of the class.
Of course, this doesn't mean that there aren't unemployed 3Ls or scrambling 2Ls at Stanford/Yale (I would be shocked if there weren't at least a couple at SLS, if only due to bad bidding strategy or horrible interviewing skills), but it suggests that they are at least a lot less visible than at HLS, to a degree that probably isn't accounted for by the fact that Harvard has a greater pool to exhibit. Grain of salt--small sample, great potential for bias, etc.--but that's what I've been told.
well id imagine HLS 3L's no offered would be more visible from an anecdotal standpoint since there are 550 HLS students a yr lol.
that being said, i have to once again point to the no offered ppl at HLS and say its because they wanted x job in y tough market (NYC/DC) most likely
someone i spoke to at HLS (current 2L - yes more anecdotal evidence!) says this past OCI yr was the worst in recent history, but mainly in terms of those wanting the "top jobs" ie biglaw jobs at the best NYC firms or something along those lines
because i was more concerned w/ returning to a TX market, I asked him how those were, and he said as a relatively "normal" HLS student he got virtually 100% of all the TX firms at OCI (and even some he mailed on the side) interested in him for SA
true SA != offer, but the large amount of interest and hits is still a good sign...i guess it comes down to, if you want a job at a top biglaw firm in DC or NYC AND you're in the bottom of HLS, you should re-evaluate your goals haha