dresden doll wrote:
NYAssociate wrote:Probably a good MO, but it's not like there are that many safer places to bid on with those grades.
Just wanted to chime in to say that, IIRC, Freshfields has posted a B+ cutoff on the Simplicity page related to its job opening. I have no idea how serious they are about enforcing it, of course.
I would be curious to know why MC firms aren't a good idea for those looking to remain in the US.
The thing about MC firms that makes them more unpredictable than others is their emphasis on international connections/experiences/skills. A bilingual/trilingual candidate with median grades can hold their own against a top candidate from the US who has never left the country. One of my friends is working 1L summer at a MC firm and he has some of the worst grades in the class. However, he can speak at least 3 languages and is a pretty awesome guy, not to mention he's lived and studied all over the place.
I think MC firms are sketchy because their reputation in the US hangs in the balance. Some, like White, are in a tenuous position financially. Others, like Freshfields, haven't really established themselves in NYC yet. They're solid firms, no doubt, but NYC is run by the big boys like SC/Crav/DPW. The NYC offices of the whiteshoes are the nerve centers of their entire operations. The NYC offices of MC firms are what you would expect -- international satellite offices of London-based firms.