Anonymous User wrote:From my bids and the way I've heard things. DC was an absolute cakewalk compared to NY. I feel bad for all the people who wanted DC but bid NY because they thought they should. They got hammered and would have done a lot better just sticking with their guns.
Everyone in this thread needs to stop drawing conclusions about OGI this early in the game. The numbers publicly reported on this thread make sense except for a few outliers. As an example, a friend of mine last year right at median got a single interview from NYC via preselect. Welcome to UVA, the preselect process is a huge feast or famine. Been like that for a while, for better or for worse, but it doesn't support the 'NYC apocalypse' mentality flying around. It is a chaotic process, so expect outliers (bottom 10% and lots of preselects, top 25% and very few, it happens every year
). I also have yet to see anybody posting abundant success in DC - but even if they are at this point
in the process, it's meaningless.
Last year, the interview -> callback and callback -> offer ratio for DC was abysmally low compared to NYC, across the board, and that's not something that will change year to year based on student bidding preferences.
I'm a good example: I split almost completely evenly between NYC and DC at the interview stage. I converted ~80% of my NYC interviews into callbacks and ~80% of my NYC callbacks into offers.
DC? Half that, easy, at each stage. And I had the background and the ties.
A single anecdote isn't that useful; the numbers I quoted here won't match for everyone. But the general trend absolutely did: DC is and will always be a harder market to get a big firm job in than NYC, and the early results of the preselect phase do not change that.
The anti-NYC hysteria in this thread, which appears thoroughly rebutted in recent posts, needs to calm down. It's a stressful time but nobody has all of the data and it doesn't help to run around screaming, suggesting nobody ever attend this school, shaking your fist at all those FOOLS who didn't even want NYC that bid it, and making up shit about how suddenly DC is a cake walk despite the fact that it's always
been a smaller and more selective market than NYC.