Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

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Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:10 pm

Grades are all in. I'm dead middle at MVP. However, not sure if this actually matters, I do have an upward grade trend. My grades were about bottom 1/3 first semester and are about top 1/3 second semester.

Target Market: NYC (I will also be mass mailing my secondary hometown market).

What range of firms should I be targeting ITE?

Any help would be much appreciated, thank you.

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:49 pm

bump.

help?

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby Kohinoor » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:01 am

Up you go! A fellow forum resident could use our help and input guise!!!

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby bree » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:26 am

Your success for firms will likely come down to how well you interview. With median at MVP and given that you're targeting New York (the largest legal market), you'll probably get a handful of interviews at BigLaw firms. You won't be getting the Wachtells and Cravaths, but you're probably good for something like Stroock. From there, it'll depend on how well you do in your interviews.

1) General Advice: pick your firms conservatively. Look for law firms that (A) have taken people at the median before and (B) have had large class sizes (better chance of getting your foot in the door).

2) Try to specialize when possible. More than ever, law firms want you to be able to hit the ground running. Thus, it's good if you can specialize in something. Sure, maybe it's hard to compete against the person who is on law review and in the top 10%, but if you specialize, you can get around some of that competition. You have to honestly evaluate yourself and think of how you can package yourself as a specialist (despite having only 1 year of law school). I know this sounds ludicrous and you're right, but it really does help if you at least claim to have an interest in some area and back it up with some research + classes. Based on this speciality, apply accordingly.

3) Prepare for your interviews. You're going to have to be impressive in your interviews and your callbacks to have a shot. You have to do more to impress than the person with the higher GPA. Know the firm, know their specialties, show how you'd be a good fit.

4) Consider applying to a secondary market. NY is a big market, but plenty of people want in. If you have a secondary market, apply there too. TX probably has the best economy among the states, so if you can claim a connection to Houston and you'd be willing to move there, go for it. Or maybe, you're connected to some smaller state, apply there. There are still plenty of firms that would take a shot at a person from MVP.

5) Send resumes to places outside of campus interviews. You have to do the research and find firms that aren't coming to your campus. This takes time and effort, but it's worthwhile.

6) Network! Do you have an uncle who has a nephew who has a sister in law who knows the hiring partner at Firm X? Knowing people can get you interviews.

Best of luck friend. It's a tough economy and I think everyone hopes that it's on the upswing but honestly no one knows for certain.

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby Veyron » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:51 am

I would be moast curious to hear the results of your query.

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby Kohinoor » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:26 pm

More people should respond!

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby doyleoil » Mon Jun 28, 2010 12:29 pm

Kohinoor wrote:More people should respond!


Don't blame them. Staring hell straight in the face is uncomfortable for almost everyone.

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby Kohinoor » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:44 pm

doyleoil wrote:
Kohinoor wrote:More people should respond!


Don't blame them. Staring hell straight in the face is uncomfortable for almost everyone.

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby mallard » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:45 pm

Hope you enjoy DLA PIPER!

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby Veyron » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:16 pm

mallard wrote:Hope you enjoy DLA PIPER!


At this point, who wouldn't?

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby doyleoil » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:22 pm

Kohinoor wrote:
doyleoil wrote:
Kohinoor wrote:More people should respond!


Don't blame them. Staring hell straight in the face is uncomfortable for almost everyone.

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ok, see, now, i was just trying to be a little playful, and now you went and got me thoroughly depressed

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Re: Median at MVP - What range of firms (If I have any shot)

Postby NYAssociate » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:20 pm

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