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Re: University of Chicago Employment

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

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Anonymous User wrote:Please send the information to me as well if you do not mind.

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Got you.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby iwantawhiteiphone4 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:32 pm

What do you think: am I more likely to get a Chicago firm with 84 interview slots or a DC with 21 slots if I rank both around 20?

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby dresden doll » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:45 pm

iwantawhiteiphone4 wrote:What do you think: am I more likely to get a Chicago firm with 84 interview slots or a DC with 21 slots if I rank both around 20?


I'd bet on Chicago.

Incidentally, DC promises to be the most competitive city.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

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Anonymous User wrote:Someone mind sending it to me?

anthracity@gmail.com


done.

Anyone have any anecdotal info on how low you can rank a Chicago firm and get an interview vs how many slots they have? It must vary based on perceived competitiveness or grade snobbiness.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby iwantawhiteiphone4 » Mon Aug 02, 2010 1:45 pm

pehaigllleises wrote:Anyone have any anecdotal info on how low you can rank a Chicago firm and get an interview vs how many slots they have? It must vary based on perceived competitiveness or grade snobbiness.


No idea. Bidding is hard. I don't know how to balance (a) the number of interview slots each firm has, (b) the number of summers firms typically hire, (c) popularity, (d) my desire to work at different firms, and (e) my chance of getting hired. Dartboard, anyone?

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby Dead Ringer » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:01 pm

So I asked OCS a while ago why they weren't releasing data from last year and they said that because things are changing so much right now they just didn't think it would be very helpful. I think that the current times would just make it a little less helpful and they should have released it anyways.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby dresden doll » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:03 pm

Dead Ringer wrote:So I asked OCS a while ago why they weren't releasing data from last year and they said that because things are changing so much right now they just didn't think it would be very helpful. I think that the current times would just make it a little less helpful and they should have released it anyways.


What is changing, though? This year's OCI really doesn't promise to be that much more different than last year's. They should just release the data and let us be judges of their utility.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby Dead Ringer » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:09 pm

My thoughts exactly. Why should they hope that this year would be significantly better when last year's was so good considering? I think their hope is that people will have something closer to the traditional amount of call backs (if only a couple more per student) and they don't want people to shy away from firms that were temporarily all but closed for business.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby dresden doll » Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:25 pm

Dead Ringer wrote:My thoughts exactly. Why should they hope that this year would be significantly better when last year's was so good considering? I think their hope is that people will have something closer to the traditional amount of call backs (if only a couple more per student) and they don't want people to shy away from firms that were temporarily all but closed for business.


I was able to see CLS's last year's EIP data and therefore know that more than one firm showed up there, interviewed over 40 people and extended callbacks to no one. Now, that could have been a one time thing, but I'd rather not hedge my bets and waste a bid on that firm if I can help it.

I am finding myself going off of their data because they're our peer school and I assume we must have fared about the same as them. Still, though, I don't think I should be reduced to inferring which firms make for a good bid off of that. If CLS kids got last year's info from their OCS, so should we.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

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Anonymous User wrote:Could someone please send the info to me also?

Thanks - anonemail84@gmail.com


Done

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby zcc2012 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:03 pm

Anybody else having a lot of trouble figuring out where/how to bid? This process is much more complex than it originally appeared to me. :|

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby megaTTTron » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:07 pm

zcc2012 wrote:Anybody else having a lot of trouble figuring out where/how to bid? This process is much more complex than it originally appeared to me. :|


+1. I've been making spreadsheets and lists like a madman for a month now. Still, I feel majorly overwhelmed.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby dresden doll » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:09 pm

My spreadsheet contains 1) numbers of interview slots; 2) firms' SA class sizes in the city of my choice; 3) their last year's offer rates to SAs they did hire out of OCI; 4) vault ranking; and 5) grade cutoffs.

I am none the wiser for having any of this information. I have no idea how to balance anything out.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby rynabrius » Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:13 pm

My spreadsheet also includes stuff like number of (equity) partners, partner/associate ratio, profits per partner, profits overall, major practice areas (specifically those I am interested in), notable cases, notable partners, name of the recruiter and some info about them, etc., etc. And like previous posters, I have no idea how any of this helps me.

Looking at firm webpages, I am reminded of a recent xkcd: http://xkcd.com/773/

In the end I feel like I am just going to bid for as many prestigious litigation firms as I can. That is, shoot for the moon at OCI, and then scramble desperately if I don't hit.

Has anybody been emailing people working at the firms? I would feel kind of awkward sending the laundry list of questions OCS advised us to send...

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby UChicagoStudent » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:08 pm

A good way I heard to bid was not to divide your choices into #1-#50, but to rank them in groupings. Group 1-5, Group 6-10, Group 10-20, Group 20+, etc.... and then go from there. It's a lot easier to rank your Top 5 choices that way.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby iwantawhiteiphone4 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:01 pm

UChicagoStudent wrote:A good way I heard to bid was not to divide your choices into #1-#50, but to rank them in groupings. Group 1-5, Group 6-10, Group 10-20, Group 20+, etc.... and then go from there. It's a lot easier to rank your Top 5 choices that way.


Good advice.

Anyone know if any 1L's are transferring out? There were a couple people I thought would make a journal but didn't.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby dresden doll » Wed Aug 04, 2010 7:33 pm

iwantawhiteiphone4 wrote:
UChicagoStudent wrote:A good way I heard to bid was not to divide your choices into #1-#50, but to rank them in groupings. Group 1-5, Group 6-10, Group 10-20, Group 20+, etc.... and then go from there. It's a lot easier to rank your Top 5 choices that way.


Good advice.

Anyone know if any 1L's are transferring out? There were a couple people I thought would make a journal but didn't.


At least one person is.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby rayiner » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:03 pm

rynabrius wrote:My spreadsheet also includes stuff like number of (equity) partners, partner/associate ratio, profits per partner, profits overall, major practice areas (specifically those I am interested in), notable cases, notable partners, name of the recruiter and some info about them, etc., etc. And like previous posters, I have no idea how any of this helps me.

Looking at firm webpages, I am reminded of a recent xkcd: http://xkcd.com/773/

In the end I feel like I am just going to bid for as many prestigious litigation firms as I can. That is, shoot for the moon at OCI, and then scramble desperately if I don't hit.

Has anybody been emailing people working at the firms? I would feel kind of awkward sending the laundry list of questions OCS advised us to send...


These are all terrible ideas.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby rayiner » Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:04 pm

dresden doll wrote:My spreadsheet contains 1) numbers of interview slots; 2) firms' SA class sizes in the city of my choice; 3) their last year's offer rates to SAs they did hire out of OCI; 4) vault ranking; and 5) grade cutoffs.

I am none the wiser for having any of this information. I have no idea how to balance anything out.


TITCR.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby bwv812 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:13 pm

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby rayiner » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:18 pm

bwv812 wrote:
rayiner wrote:
dresden doll wrote:My spreadsheet contains 1) numbers of interview slots; 2) firms' SA class sizes in the city of my choice; 3) their last year's offer rates to SAs they did hire out of OCI; 4) vault ranking; and 5) grade cutoffs.

I am none the wiser for having any of this information. I have no idea how to balance anything out.


TITCR.


I would add leverage (broken down into #of partners and # of associates, which will also tell you the office size), which was a positive idea from the post that rayiner hated.


I mean I can see how it might help, but when you're trying to optimize your bids the more variables you incorporate the harder the problem becomes. My spreadsheet contained: (1) interview slots; (2) SA class size in 2008/2009; (3) grade cutoffs.

The offer rate is largely useless because it's not a predictor of future performance. And Vault ranking isn't really that relevant at the bidding stage.

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Re: University of Chicago Employment

Postby 270910 » Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:21 pm

rayiner wrote:The offer rate is largely useless because it's not a predictor of future performance.


Slightly disagree, since I think it's useful as part of the big picture. The aggregate of the past 3 years summer class sizes, offer rate, starting salary, layoff news, and deferal news paint a pretty solid picture of firm financial strength and management style when compared across firms.




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