Stringer Bell wrote:There is a lot of misinformation about getting secondary markets without strong ties on this site. You can absolutely pull it off, but there are a bunch of variables. A big one is where you actually have ties to. For example, if you are from Hope, Arkansas, went to undergrad at the University of Arkansas and go to Duke or UVA for law school you could potentially get Atlanta, Birmingham, Texas, etc. Many firms aren't going to be too skeptical that you are dying to get back to Hope and it makes sense that you would have an interest in those particular markets. Having a good reason for wanting those markets or the particular firm is still necessary though. However, if you are from Atlanta, went to GT for undergrad, worked for a few years in Atlanta and go to UVA or Duke for law school then try to get Chicago, you generally had better have a damn good reason to have any shot. Some firms will listen to a good reason, but many will not. This even somewhat extends to New York.
I'm not sure who you were referring to as misinformation but I don't think anyone disagrees with this. Ties can often mean to a larger area (e.g. Midwest, South, West Coast, etc) and it often happens that you can get a job in a specific city where you've never actually been because of a larger tie to the area. It's also true that having weaker ties to somewhere else can be beneficial as well, whereas people with a strong tie to a good area can have this screw them over when hunting in another area. Which then gets to this post:
ChampagnePapi wrote:What about going to law school in Chicago and trying to find a job there if you've been in CA or NY your whole life? Is that enough of a tie?
It can be enough of tie. SB's right that you will be much better off if you summer in Chicago rather than the place you're from. I am from CA and spent my 1L summer in CA, but still managed to be semi-successful in Chicago interviews (I got to NU). However, as I noted above, I was routinely grilled on my desire for Chicago. Some interviewers believed me, some did not buy a single explanation that came out of my mouth. That's going to be the way it is, some interviewers will be convinceable with good reasons and others will not be persuaded no matter what. It is definitely at least a slight uphill battle overall, but it is made easier by spending 1L summer in Chicago.