got a 1L offer today in maryland, just out of DC
not "market" but a comfortable amount
basically i spammed a lot of places and this one clicked. i went in for an interview a week or so ago and the interviewer and i just talked for a couple of hours. i am from the DC area and have never left, went to high school, college, and law school in/around DC, so we talked about that for most of it.
I am at GW.. not sure of exact class rank but somewhere between 50% (since I know what median is) and 35% (since I am not a "thurgood marshall scholar" or whatever, though I don't know if they've even announced those yet). The dude didn't really care, he gave me an assignment and told me to get back to him with a memo in 24 hrs and I'm pretty sure based everything on that. It is odd, because I got destroyed in LRW but the work I did for him was apparently satisfactory.
i guess the point is, cast a wide net, and it always helps if you can really demonstrate ties to where you are. don't let grades eat you up because apparently not everyone cares that much. this isn't "biglaw" paying 3k a week and that probably is different, but i have <$5k in loans so i have no need for that.
also for those of you in DC, this guy went on and on about how he's surprised at the local market's move towards recovery, so that's a refreshing professional opinion. take it with a grain of salt, though, because he substantiated that with a number of reasons that i didn't really understand.
so all of you slightly above median folk, if you are decent human beings and that comes through in your behavior and demeanor someone will want you on board, it just takes time and a lot of correspondence.