Metaread wrote:What gives Emory its reputation for "NYC reach"? On the links provided with firms that did OCI, the majority are Atlanta (makes sense I guess). Does Emory have connections to NYC? It's good to hear that the no. of OCI isn't the worst--hearing that it's around ND's number is mildly comforting.
But would Emory really get you good jobs in NYC? And please, don't reply saying "if you place in the top 10%" or some similar nonsense, everyone knows that if you place at the top of the class you'll get almost anywhere if you try hard. I'm talking about would Emory have enough reputation in NYC to establish a decent foothold on Big Law...yes? No? It's competing with Fordham, Columbia and NYU, not to mention the other much lower-ranking LSes.
That's sort of the nature of the beast though. If we're talking NYC biglaw then there are actually very few schools outside of the T14 (and fordham) where NYC firms even come to OCI. 10%/LR types from IUB, Iowa, William and Mary, or Illinois who want NYC are going to have to send unsolicited resumes to firms seeking employment and likely don't
have much of a chance no matter how hard they try, whereas from Emory there are actually about 10 vault firms that do OCI making your chances much more realistic.
Of the handful of people I know personally who have NYC biglaw lined up, all of them are in the top 10%, I wouldn't say it's impossible if you're on the outside of that percentage, but I wouldn't say you have a realistic chance. However, there are plenty of schools currently ranked above Emory where regardless of your class rank, your school simply doesn't place in New York.