Anonymous User wrote:I summered at a Cleveland firm a couple years ago and was from Detroit and let me tell you.... they treated me like I was from a different country... I don't think they put a lot of weight on the closeness of the two cities. Most of my co workers have never even been to Detroit. They talked about what HS they went to and all of them seemed to have went to St. Ignatius in Cleveland or something....
Id say just about everyone in the Cleveland market has some kind of ties to Cleveland. Most grew up in the area. The other small minority moved back because of their wife.
I think it might be the same way in Detroit.
I'm an associate at a Cleveland firm with no ties to Cleveland, and I know at least 2 other people (one who is from SE MI) in my class with no ties to the city (i.e., former resident, spouse, school, etc.). I don't think it's unheard of to get jobs in markets like Cleveland or Detroit if you have strong credentials and can articulate some reasons for general interest in the area. I played up the general "Midwest" as a reason for going to Cleveland, and I emphasized my desire to stay long term. The other associates I know had similar profiles.
There's no question you face an uphill battle trying to get jobs in relatively insular legal markets like Michigan if you have few or no ties, but it can be done.