Indifferent wrote: arigoldwannabe wrote: duckmoney wrote:
arigoldwannabe wrote:1L @ FSU. Top 6%.
Anyone have any information at my odds for the larger firms in the state (Carlton Fields, Akerman, H&K, GT, GrayRobinson...) or the Vault firm's satellite offices in MIA??
Probably solidly in the running, especially in markets you have strong ties to. The huge firms like H&K, GT, Foley, and the NYC satellite offices tend to favor T14. The smaller and more local firms (GrayRobinson, Gunster, Fowler White, Broad and Cassel) are more likely to hire from FL schools.
So would I be in a better spot staying where I am or attempting to transfer to the T-14?
FYI: I have significant ties throughout S. Florida.
I don't really know how Florida school --> T14 transfers generally fare, but I imagine it would put you in substantially the same position you'd be if you stayed. I think it would hurt you if you were interviewing with firms that have a lot of FSU alumni, but I don't necessarily think that will come into consideration since you're interested in So Fla and there aren't a ton of FSU alums down there (in comparison to UF or UM).
From what I've heard of friends working in South Florida, firms REALLY like people with ties there. So you've got that advantage going for you. I honestly don't think that transferring up will put you at THAT much of an advantage when it comes to OCI, but I can't really speak for how FSU students fare in So Fla (I imagine top 10% should put you in a very good position). I'd ask around the 2L and 3L classes, trying to target people who worked at So Fla firms and ask them questions.
2L at FSU here. FWIW, I would vote against transferring if you know you want to work in Florida after graduation. I was in a similar position after my 1L year, but now that I've gone through OCI and have a better understanding of the FL legal market, I'm glad I stayed. I had no interest in working in NYC after graduation and was only considering transferring in hopes of boosting my chances at one of the few SA jobs in state. Truth is, your chances at FSU are just as good if not better than a transfer student at a T14. By leaving you run the risk of looking like a flight risk to the firms (I actually had one attorney tell me during a call back that they would be hesitant to hire someone who transferred out of state in fear that they didn't really want to be there). Not to mention the fact that you would probably end up paying over twice as much in tuition.
Plus (and this may be the biggest reason), a lot of the midlaw firms in state don't interview at T14s. I would guess that these firms are where a lot of the jobs are in FL, and you would really hurt your chances at these if they don't come to your new school's OCI.
In terms of SoFla, I know of a handful of people who landed biglaw SA positions down there through OCI. However, it seemed to me like we had the same number if not more employers from the rest of the state come to OCI (Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and of course Tally). Don't quote me on this though since I wasn't personally that interested in South Florida when I interviewed. The bottom line is that there really are only a handful of SA positions to go around in FL. BUT you are competitive for them all if you stay.