"trading up" at 3L OCI? Worth it?

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"trading up" at 3L OCI? Worth it?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:54 pm

Background: I am a rising 3L at a t10. I was slightly below median at 2L OCI and now am slightly above. Board member of secondary journal.

I didn't do too well at OCI in terms of callbacks, but managed to convert those callbacks I did get into offers. I am working at a major firm in a secondary market (non-Vault but NLJ100). I would say it's known to all in this market but not nationally.

Another firm in the city is coming to my school's OCI and hiring 3Ls. It's better pay, a national name (V100), its home office, and one of only two firms I wanted ahead of my current one. The downside is that it has a bad reputation for work-life balance.

I am really torn. I love the firm I'm at and am confident I will get an offer. But I feel like I will have this lingering feeling if I don't try for the other firm, almost like I'm a bridesmaid but not the bride in terms of being a lawyer in this city. There is also a chance I may move to NY/DC for my SO, so a national name that can carry me elsewhere is somewhat important at this point. So I a few questions:

1.) Thoughts? Am I just selling out to shoot for a brighter name for my resume? Should I just be happy with what I have?
2.) Do the recruiters talk? Will I be found out at my current firm for interviewing elsewhere? Will there be any repercussions?


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Re: "trading up" at 3L OCI? Worth it?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:29 pm

If you're in a position to strengthen your resume and better your career, why not try for it? The firm you are at now can replace you....I promise you this. Law students are a dime a dozen. They are not going to get hung up on the fact that you rejected them. Try for the other firm you're interested in. If you get a callback, test it out and see if you like the atmosphere. If not, you always have your original firm. But I think it's worth at least trying.

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