Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Top 1/3 from WashU/UT-Austin is going to be really, really difficult. As far as HYSCCN (and I say these schools at the very least not all inclusive) the above is definitely incorrect. From my experience there is no real grade cutoff. ATL firms look for ties, fits and commitment to the area more so than firms in other cities. There are so few positions at the top firms that once you get to the HYSCCN level a lot more than grades are important.
For reference, I was a little below median at one of HYSCCN and ended up with two offers (out of 5 total interviews) at top-5 Atlanta firms.
What about top 1/4 from these schools with extensive ties to the city (as in, grew up and lived there for 20 years)?
Probably going to need something else that looks interesting on your resume (e.g. brand name past job/internship, brand name undergrad, law review, URM) or excellent networking for the top firms (A+B, K&S, Sutherland, JD, PH, etc.). To be in good shape based on grades alone you want to be top 10-15% at a Vandy/UT-Austin. Obviously it can and has been done with grades below that but odds are stacked against you these days. During my summer, K&S hired like 12 or 13 and NALP is showing 7 for this summer. ATL is rough. We are talking less than 100 true BigLaw summer associate positions in the entire city. Add in the fact that perceived "feeder schools" for atlanta include all of UGA, Emory, Duke, UVA, Vandy and UNC plus the HYS people who want to go back to the south.