joeshmo39 wrote:I has confusion.
So July 28th they get back to use with our pre-selects, totally separate from the lottery. At that point, we have to pick which firms we want to interview at. The thing is, the lottery hasn't run yet so we don't know if we may pick up bids later. Right? Do people intentionally take fewer pre-selects to give themselves a better shot in the lottery? How do we know what firms we want if we don't know our lottery pickups yet?
Nobody would ever take fewer pre-selects for a hope at a lottery interview. Pre-select conversion rates from interview -> callback are astronomically higher than lottery conversion from interview -> callback.
You'll find out that X firms have pre-selected you (unless you're packing grades that comfortably put you on law review, you likely will get many fewer than 20 pre-selects). Those interviews will be your absolute best shots. The ONLY people I knew who declined ANY pre-select interviews were those who had over 25 pre-selects and didn't want to take them all. For the overwhelming majority of the class, the ability to decline interviews before the lottery is run is irrelevant, it's really just an opportunity for the few people pre-selected everywhere they applied to narrow the list and kick some interviews back into the system.