Anonymous User wrote:1. Can you let us know what your stats were (# interviews in Boston, # call backs, # offers)?
2. Were the callbacks substantially different than the screening interview (more substantive, more focused on the firm, etc)?
3. As an associate, what do you think the main differences between the big three firms are?
1. Can't remember too well, but it was something like 12 screening interviews, 10 callbacks, and 5 offers (I blew off some of the callbacks). This was back in 2007.
2. The callbacks really varied. Some people asks tons of questions, some people let you ask tons of questions, some people just rambled on about work/life/sports/etc. It's hard to say something meaningful here because everybody has a different interview style and focuses on different things. Questions on substantive law are rare though. Mostly about what your interests are, your background, why this firm, why this city, what do you do for fun.
3. WH's strengths are in litigation and government enforcement/regulatory work, RG's strengths are in private equity, health care, and life sciences, and GP's strengths are in real estate and cap markets. The culture in each firm is different too (Ropes very genteel, Wilmer rather secretive, Goodwin a sweatshop). But that's just my opinion.
Anonymous User wrote:Boston's where I've wanted to be since I got out of high school. It exists as this place of perpetual happiness and opportunity - it's sort of my own personal Mecca. Expressing my excitement definitely won't be an issue.
When you say Boston interviews trend towards the scholarly, can you elaborate on what you mean exactly?
I just mean that since Boston is a hub of higher education, the lawyers here tend to be more of an ivory tower type. Also, Boston lawyers are more family oriented (go home at night to be with family) than NY (go out at night).
Anonymous User wrote:What kind of reputation does NUSL have with the big Boston firms?
Any idea how common it is for NUSL students to sneak in among those at bigger named schools each year?
NUSL doesn't have much of a reputation simply because there aren't too many NUSL grads in large firms. It's a self-perpetuating problem. I know two NUSL grads at my firm and I think they're far in the minority. I'm guessing you guys have to hussle a lot more to get noticed.