Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:MVPB student here. I'm interested in hearing how you all have been doing your mailings. I'm below median, mailed only about 35 firms, and I got 7 interviews out of it. Granted, none of those interviews were in NYC or DC, but that's not what I wanted (well, maybe NYC, but I wasn't NYC or bust). Are you focusing only on major markets? Major firms? Only NALP firms?
Wow that is impressive. What is the size of the market you're targeting? Also, do you attach your transcript?
The markets for my interviews ranged from suburban markets (think Orange County just outside LA or New Jersey just outside NYC) to large cities not considered "primary markets" on TLS (think Boston or Philly). I did apply to about half a dozen NYC firms, all with no response.
Sometimes I attached my transcript in my initial e-mail, other times I provided it when they asked. I didn't notice a correlation in whether or not I got the interview.
It's obviously getting late in the process, but I highly recommend looking outside the conventional markets/firms. Pittsburgh, for instance, is a great and cheap city with a number of firms, but how many people look there? Also, don't rely only on NALP. That's where everyone looks, so you'll be just one in a much smaller pool. Definitely use Martindale. I also used the U.S. News firm rankings to find some highly regarded firms in these markets that may not have paid into NALP or Martindale.
Of course, whether or not you should do this hinges on whether you can consider yourself happy and successful without working for a V100 firm.