Lawquacious wrote: GAIAtheCHEERLEADER wrote: Lawquacious wrote:
EijiMiyake wrote:ITT: law students show that they are unable to speak without puffing themselves up, or tearing others down.
+1.. OP may have posted for some ego-puffing reasons, but the vehemence other posters are attacking him with suggests envy or competitive pride by those tearing him down.
I don't think this is true at all.
Well to each his/her own. I prob overstated my point (using 'vehemence' and 'attacking'), but I think that saying the tone of a lot of the posts directed at OP ITT are harsh is not much of a stretch. Even if OP was off-base in considering limiting his bids (or just mentioning it to brag about grades), I still don't think it is as ridiculous an inquiry as some of the posters on here seem to indicate.
People are being harsh because OP needs to be knocked down a peg. Not out of competitive pride but for his own good.
OP is in a range where he's a shoe-in for Cravath/S&C/DPW/Cleary, if he knows the right talking points to use during the interview and doesn't come across as arrogant, but where Wachtell, W&C, Munger, and Susman are not gimmes. There are ~100 people in the top 10% of HYS, plus another 60 in the top 5% of CCN, and another 75 in the top 3% of the rest of the T14. Ie: there are basically 3x as many people with credentials as good or better than the OP as there are slots at these firms. The actual pool of people who have a shot at these firms is probably a good bit bigger than that.
OP certainly has a good shot at getting one of these jobs, but he needs to approach these interviews thinking he's an underdog, because even the guy with top 3% grades at HYS is going to do that.
There is absolutely no reason, no matter what your grades, to ask bullshit questions like "should I only bid on 8 firms at OCI?" You should approach every interview with the fear that you might strike out completely, because that's how you're going to maximize your performance. What happens if OP goes into his interviews thinking he's a lock and doesn't do any better than Cleary? NBD, right, Cleary is a great firm. Sure, but some of OP's classmates are going to be top-third people who destroyed the interview because they went into it with the right mindset. Seems like a waste of top 5% grades to me, not because Cleary isn't great but because the only thing that would've kept OP from a firm that maybe he would've liked even better was his own arrogance.