Anonymous User wrote:6H/4P (although the P's are in the 4 core private law classes). Dramatic improvement from 1st to second semester. No significant work experience, have no frame of reference for interview skill, no science background. Ties to SoCal and Bay Area. Fiancee refuses to live in NYC, likes SF/DC, could be persuaded to live anywhere not mentioned. Do not want corporate work. Probably will do litigation although I am reading more about regulatory work and white collar defense and think they would also be interesting.
Some preliminary questions:
1) Do I have a shot at DC if I want it? If so, what sorts of firms should I be looking at?
2) If I want to go w/California, should I focus exclusively on LA/SD or do I have a realistic shot at top SF firms even w/no science background?
3) If I bid on LA, do I have a realistic shot at any of the following: Munger; Irell; Gibson?
In terms of California, you have a shot at SF firms. If you plan on bidding on SF, don't just focus your bids on the top firms. Because the market is so small, they can be super choosy with the people selected and they will look at personality, work experience, and other soft factors as well. No science background is no big deal. I bid on some SF firms at EIP last year with absolutely no science experience and got callbacks at all.
If you bid on LA, you have basically no chance at Munger. Irell is also grade whore-y, but they also look for super intense people. If you give off that vibe, you might be OK. Gibson should be workable as well. You should also add other LA firms like Latham, OMM, etc. to make sure that you get something out of the market. They also really care about ties. I had significant and seemingly apparent ties to LA and all the LA firms still grilled me about why I wanted to be in that market. Be prepared for that.
Anonymous User wrote:OP here.
Tons of helpful information about DC; thanks! Does anyone have any experience with LA? I assume stuff like Irell/Munger is probably a stretch, but firms in the range of say Gibson/Latham/Quinn/OMM/MoFo/etc. are within reach, right? How far down should I be bidding if I choose to focus on LA?
That seems about right. If you want to be assured of an LA callback/offer, then bid down to Sheppard Mullin.