bostlaw wrote:I know the economy is in the dumps, but is it really this bad? Not going to base the decesion of 3 yrs of my life off of one letter, but it does make me worry a bit. I really would like to go to BC, but this letter makes it seem like its impossible to get a job. Whats the truth?
Not impossible -but really not good.
BU at least, this year bigfirm-wise boils down to having to be in the top 1/3rd to be considered anywhere (if not top 1/3rd you will likely only get like 1-4 screening interviews from the lottery).
After that, Top 10-20% + journal for Boston firm (anywhere from Foley Hoag to Ropes will require some solid grades), or
Top 15-20% for NYC (NYC firms class sizes are much larger).
This is pure conjecture, as their are people that are outside of top 1/3rd at BU with big firm jobs and people on LR without.
DO NOT bank on getting into Boston firms though - solid ties + solid grades + luck is the only way to get into the tiny Boston firm class sizes. Those outside of the top of the class had better luck with NYC (I know people outside top 1/3rd who were lucky enough to get a NYC v100 offer).
Some people at BU even got DC biglaw (weird, I know).
Moral of the story - Top 20% likely for biglaw if you cast a wide-enough net. If you focus on Boston, much more random as LR people got shut out (maybe due to lack of ties) and some of those near median pulled non-vault market-rate firms. Those who raked in Boston offers were the top of the class with ties.
Take it as you want, but I'm top 40% (approx) on LR and will be working at a V25 this summer in Boston.