c3pO4 wrote:Anonymous User wrote:somewhatwayward wrote:you should use martindale to find small firms, not just symplicity. i think it might be a little early to apply, but the worst that will happen is they'll tell you to apply later. do you have a home market? if so, apply to small firms there.
also, i realize the EIP ship has sailed, but what market(s) did you bid on?
I bid almost completely on the NYC market, but threw in a few "home" market firms as well.
I could've bid heavier on those "home" firms but part of my was conflicted about it since I would want to get out of that market and back to NYC as soon as possible. I knew that even if I got a big law job in my home market, I would essentially be trying to rip them off at the first possible opportunity. That doesn't jive well with my code of ethics, especially since I'd have to lie my ass through the entire process too (Oh yea, I would LOOOOOVE to work in X City *cough*).
Would I really want to remember my job search process as "finding the one home-state firm willing to take a chance on me, and then screwing them over with the one risk that I had to extensively lie about?"
Outed as flame or insane. You chose striking out instead? Placating your conscience by willingly foregoing a biglaw job?
That's not fair. It's not like you magically get offers from "home" market biglaw firms. It certainly didn't work out that way for me. I got 0 CBs from my "home" market and all of my CBs from NYC. I wouldn't fault OP for doing what he did, and in retrospect I wish I had never bid on my home markets at all because I had no desire to work there and ended up wasting interviews with them.