dixon02 wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Is the general consensus that, if we have more than 23 PS, we should accept 23 PS? I'm thinking about declining my way down to 20 or 21 (mostly want to ditch the secondary market firms that pay below market and don't really have practices that interest me much), and then hoping to get some of the firms I'm most interested in via the lottery, as alternates, or with special requests. Terrible idea? I'm somewhere between top 20-25%, non URM, WE.
I don't think that's the consensus, no. It probably depends somewhat on your bid list. Did you strike out on your top ranked firms? Are they the type of firms that most people will have ranked really highly? I don't think it's all that risky to drop one or two firms, particularly when you are top 25%, if you're a lock to get one or two via lottery.
Okay, yeah I was just taking that from Donovan's "bird in the hand" reference. I got 3 alternates and 3 non-invites in my top 6 (including non-invite on top firm), so I guess I did strike out on my top firms, yeah. I also have about 15 alternates, so if I drop down to 20 PS, I figure (hope) at least a few of those will turn into PS if I don't get anything in the lottery. And then even if not, hopefully could pick up more via special request. Or maybe I have this wrong... I'm kind of confused by the timing of this system.
Also, can special requests take you over the 23 limit? Say I drop down to 22, get one via lottery - can I no longer use special requests?