M2008 wrote:When you say out of your league, do you mean because the firm put "Top X% preferred" on their listing? And how did you estimate your rank? I mean, it's easy to tell if you're above median, but I'm not sure other than that. I've heard people say that top 10% is usually between 179.5-180.0, but I've never heard a source for this piece of semi-conventional wisdom (other than "some 2L").
Do you have a preference between the three markets? Or are you more interested in the best firms in your area rather than location?
I use a spreadsheet of the callback medians from 2007 and 2005. I can forward it to you. Wachtell has a median callback of 180.54. Nobody cares about rank because it's so mysterious. Looking at callback medians, the general firm tiers are:
180+ (future appellate clerk, possibly even SCOTUS, and able to get any firm)
178.5+ (future D.Ct. clerk, possibly even appellate, and able to get most firms)
177+ (above median, possibly future D.Ct. clerk, and able to get many firms)
I don't even want to think about the last tier. I'd like to think that everyone who made a good faith effort, including myself, is at least above the median. The bracket you mention is considered the top 10% because it's grade-on Law Review.
I'm most interested in firms like Quinn and Boies, because I want to get trial experience and litigate. Location isn't vital; I would go to LA if a good firm wanted me there. I would even go to a mid-size market like Denver. All I want is a solvent firm, a steady stream of lit work, parsley-garnished meals, and a studio apartment that overlooks a body of water.