School: Lower T14
Market(s): CA, NY
Approximate class rank: >5%
Law review: Y
Work experience: N
IP background: N
Anything else that might have an impact?: Started out as a bad interviewer, but did so many interviews that I became good at it.
Screening Interviews: 35 (did diversity fairs)
Mass mails: 10
Callbacks received: 16
Callbacks accepted: 8 (turned down 1 V5s, and several V10s)
Offers w/vault ranges: 6 (V5, 2 V10, 2 V20, 1 litigation boutique), 2 rejections post CB
How many firms just didn't get back with you with a rejection/callback? 1
Thank-you notes sent: None
I am very happy with my results. Obviously grades played a big role and this will further skew this sample. However, to the extent these things matter, I worked on getting better at interviewing (which coming through the 1L job hunt was definitely something I knew I had to work on). I wrote down sample answers; I practiced; and I actually hustled to do interviews before OCI. I did a lot of research on firms at the bidding stage (so I was bidding big classes that had big practice areas with strong reputations in things I was interested in) but did not do more than minimal basic research for individual interviews. I had a list of 10-12 questions to help keep the conversation going and would make sure that answers to these questions were not available online. I also had 3 selling points about myself that, if I could, I brought up indirectly throughout the conversation. Other than that though, it really is about having a normal conversation. As a last note, for those that have strong credentials, my advice is not to be complacent. It is always better to be as refined as possible and have as many options as possible then feel like you left something on the table.