Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:T-10 1L here. Been on two V-25 interviews for an SA position. Both times I met with three partners, I thought the interviews went well, until the end when I heard, “feel free to keep looking.” Ding letter followed.
I then interviewed with the DA’s office and they treated me like a rock star. The next day I had an interview for a judge internship (and was given the green light that very day even after I mentioned I was awaiting word from the DA). A couple days later I was called by a firm, turns out they were a clearing house for judge interns and they recommended me to a number of judges (which I had to decline).
I wish I knew what went sideways with the V-25 interviews. My questions: since a big firm SA position is not in my 1L future, I hear what matters is that my summer is spent in the legal field. True? Also, my grades came out and I am slightly above median. ITE, how far down the Big Law ladder does that put me? I read in an earlier thread that you have a cut-off, can I ask, what is the cutoff? Thanks.
I'm sure a lot of 2L/3L's can answer this for you - so I'm going to do so. Don't stress missing out on BigLaw for 1L. It's a longshot and you still probably gained some valuable interview experience. Yes, anything legal during 1L summer is good so that you can talk about your experience during 2L OCI.
Median at T10 will depend on a lot of things (what city you're looking at, work experience, interview ability). I would mass-mail your home market during mid-July, as well as any firms in your target market not coming to your OCI. If the OP revealed his firm's cutoff, it wouldn't help you much because you don't know what firm he is at and therefore wouldn't know whether to bid on them or not. Don't try to equate V rankings with law school rankings in terms of what GPA they take. Some V5's would only take top 10% at my T10 school, but some V5's go down to median for good candidates that interview well.
Some firms are more grade-picky than others. Median will cut you off from some firms, but it won't at others. If your grades stay in the same range, you're going to want to go for NYC as your target market. Talk to your OCI or make a post on TLS during June/July when you have to do your bidlist. Then we'll have a better idea on where you should try to interview.
Sorry for the anon. That was me.