So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

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Do I have sufficient "ties" to find a job in...

Florida?
21
27%
Including Miami?
12
15%
Chicago?
18
23%
Birmingham?
13
17%
Atlanta?
5
6%
Charlotte?
0
No votes
Texas?
1
1%
Denver?
8
10%
 
Total votes: 78

duckmoney
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So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

Postby duckmoney » Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:57 am

There's plenty of talk about the importance of ties to a region if you want employment there, but how strong do these ties need to be exactly?

For instance, I grew up in Florida and went to undergrad at a prominent state school there. I assume this means I'll have ties to anywhere in Florida? Even Miami, when I grew up and lived in north Florida?

I'm going to be in Chicago for law school, so I assume I have ties here as well.

What about other places that are more iffy? My wife has lots of family in Birmingham and I have a bit, my dad grew up there, does that count?

How about southern legal markets in general? Is Atlanta close enough to north Florida that I can claim ties? How about Charlotte and Houston?

My sister lives in Denver. Does that count?

I'm just trying to get a feel for what exactly "ties" entails and how picky employers are about them - in other words, exactly how much connection do you need to an area to convince firms that you're willing to work for them?

duckmoney
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Re: So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

Postby duckmoney » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:03 pm

Any advice?

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Re: So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

Postby lawfirmrecruiter » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:07 pm

duckmoney wrote:There's plenty of talk about the importance of ties to a region if you want employment there, but how strong do these ties need to be exactly?

For instance, I grew up in Florida and went to undergrad at a prominent state school there. I assume this means I'll have ties to anywhere in Florida? Even Miami, when I grew up and lived in north Florida?

I'm going to be in Chicago for law school, so I assume I have ties here as well.

What about other places that are more iffy? My wife has lots of family in Birmingham and I have a bit, my dad grew up there, does that count?

How about southern legal markets in general? Is Atlanta close enough to north Florida that I can claim ties? How about Charlotte and Houston?

My sister lives in Denver. Does that count?

I'm just trying to get a feel for what exactly "ties" entails and how picky employers are about them - in other words, exactly how much connection do you need to an area to convince firms that you're willing to work for them?


If I were interviewing you, I would consider Florida (including Miami), Chicago, Birmingham and Denver as all good ties. You could also make a case for Atlanta.

duckmoney
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Re: So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

Postby duckmoney » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:19 pm

lawfirmrecruiter wrote:
duckmoney wrote:There's plenty of talk about the importance of ties to a region if you want employment there, but how strong do these ties need to be exactly?

For instance, I grew up in Florida and went to undergrad at a prominent state school there. I assume this means I'll have ties to anywhere in Florida? Even Miami, when I grew up and lived in north Florida?

I'm going to be in Chicago for law school, so I assume I have ties here as well.

What about other places that are more iffy? My wife has lots of family in Birmingham and I have a bit, my dad grew up there, does that count?

How about southern legal markets in general? Is Atlanta close enough to north Florida that I can claim ties? How about Charlotte and Houston?

My sister lives in Denver. Does that count?

I'm just trying to get a feel for what exactly "ties" entails and how picky employers are about them - in other words, exactly how much connection do you need to an area to convince firms that you're willing to work for them?


If I were interviewing you, I would consider Florida (including Miami), Chicago, Birmingham and Denver as all good ties. You could also make a case for Atlanta.


Thank you!

Kretzy
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Re: So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

Postby Kretzy » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:28 pm

You're probably alright for Denver, but I got grilled on ties at every callback, and I grew up in Colorado, went to college here and worked in the city pre-law school. Be ready for it if you come out this way.

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Re: So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

Postby Grizz » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:02 pm

Depends on how well you can sell all this stuff. And some ties are stronger than others. This isn't really a science.

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Re: So what exactly constitutes "ties" to a region?

Postby Aston2412 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:07 pm

You definitely have ties to Chicago. Law school in a city is more than enough to justify a job in the city.




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