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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:21 pm

MyNameIsFlynn! wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Ties are so overblown for ATL. If you go to emory or uga and are in the top 20%+LR you'll do very well in OCI. If you're normal/non-aspie you'll do fine in interviews. If you don't, its not because you didnt go to westminster and spend your highschool weekends in Buckhead...


ATL is very ties-sensitive, but you're right that attending Emory/UGA law is probably sufficient to show a tie to Atl. Someone from a random non-GA school should be concerned about ties though.

Anonymous User wrote:No it's not necessarily a negative. I've had plenty of conversations about the various metro Atlanta high schools that I and my friends have gone to throughout Cobb, Gwinnett, north Fulton etc.


Agreed.


Thank you all for clarifying. Regardless having pretty strong ties, seems it doesn't matter if I'm not top 20%.

I still have no answer for the diversity hire question. TBH, not even sure if it's an answerable one, but if any of y'all have anecdotes to share, I'd be glad to read them. I'm no gunner, not yet at least, but I'll take any advantage I can get.

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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:56 pm

Your original inclination regarding diversity bumps / hires is more or less accurate. Like URM, but a bit broader (particularly depending on practice area—e.g., african americans are particularly under represented in STEM, whereas asian americans are less so).

Regarding ties and the "20%" mentioned, if Atlanta biglaw is your end game, I would be thinking UVA/Duke. With ties, URM, and a T14 degree from UVA or Duke you should have plenty of options.

That said, you could have plenty of great options beyond biglaw for cheaper at UGA. But you'd essentially be rolling a six-sided die on biglaw and hoping for that six.

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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:59 pm

Does anybody know how stringent ATL firms are for laterals not barred in GA? im currently admitted to 3 bars (MD, DC and VA) and for personal reasons want to move back down to ATL this fall. Thought i would take the Attorney's exam in July and apply for firms in the fall, but just realized the deadline for that was in December (wtf???). Anyway, if i applied in the fall would i be seriously disadvantaged vs. other people or are the firms generally ok with hiring me and then letting me study and pass it later?

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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby Toni V » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:06 am

While anecdotal, not being barred in GA is not a barrier to securing an offer. Atlanta's bigger firms regularly hire out of state laterals. Also, shortly before the exam, the firm provides a few paid weeks off plus they pay for Barbri, etc.

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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby SplitMyPants » Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:40 pm

What is it with secondary markets and no offers? Just checked NALP and noticed that A&B no offered someone for the third year in a row that I'm aware of

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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby DrSpaceman11 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:52 am

How do Emory grads do in Atlanta when they are outside the top 1/3? What job opportunities are people graduating from 33%- around median? I assume BigLaw is completely out.

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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby ookoshi » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:20 pm

SplitMyPants wrote:What is it with secondary markets and no offers? Just checked NALP and noticed that A&B no offered someone for the third year in a row that I'm aware of


I summered at a different firm, but from talking to friends who summered at A&B, I'm just gonna say you have to do something exceedingly dumb to be no-offered.

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Re: Let's talk about Atlanta!

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:19 pm

ookoshi wrote:
SplitMyPants wrote:What is it with secondary markets and no offers? Just checked NALP and noticed that A&B no offered someone for the third year in a row that I'm aware of


I summered at a different firm, but from talking to friends who summered at A&B, I'm just gonna say you have to do something exceedingly dumb to be no-offered.


i summered there a couple years ago, and i still don't know what the person who got no offered did to get no offered... so while i would expect your statement to be true, it remains less clear after my summer there.




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