Anonymous User wrote:so what do Medians do? Hit some V20s, and below, and focus on V50 and below and see what happens? CSO just sent me some charts saying where minimum of median is at some firms from least to most competitive firms, some reaches, and some where call-back averages were median (like 4 firms). CSO said I should try for some reaches too, like Jones Day, but from what I hear on here, that seems like a very long-shot. I know this is a very broad question, but I don't see a general strategy to this spiel.
Use the data CSO gave you to determine where you have the best shot, bid in a way that will guarantee you interviews at those firms, and start preparing now. Median certainly doesn't preclude landing at a V20 firm, but you only have a limited number of high bids, and so I think your first priority should be to maximize the number of of interviews you have at firms where your odds are decent. If you've got good work experience and if you think you're a good interviewer, maybe spend a couple bids on firms like Jones Day, but you're probably safer looking elsewhere. You probably already know to bid NY as opposed to DC.
In the meantime, you should start mailing firms in NY and in any secondary markets you have ties to, you should research the firms you'll interview with at OGI, and you should start practicing your interviewing. Some people with median grades who got only a half dozen or so screening interviews were able to convert all of them into callbacks and then offers; interviewing ability can make a huge difference, and unlike your GPA, you can still improve it now.