bogart wrote:RM, you mentioned that you worked while in school. Given that you went to a lower ranked school in a tough market, was it networking or grades that got you your start?
I worked for 2 years before LS, while in college at a largeish (180 Lawyers), firm in NYC. I also worked for a solo in LS, continuing to build my resume. Both of those things lead to my getting a summer associate position at my old firm (80 or so lawyers in NYC), which then lead me to finding my new position. If not for my networking, multiple years of experience obtained before and during law school and the fact that I was willing to work non-stop both in and out of school during law school, I have no question in my mind that I would be an angry, unemployed (or under-employed), grad.
In short, especially ITE, if you're going to go to a TTT (or really anything out of the very top level of law schools), you better be willling to fight to get where you want to be.