Anonymous User wrote:
it still remains to be seen, but it feels like this year might be a little worse than last year. it just sounds like there are more people with no or few CBs, but maybe they are more vocal. it is also way too early to conclude that one has struck out. however, people with few CBs should be mass mailing like crazy and preparing for the CBs they do have like it is a full-time job.
At this point, what do people consider a low number CBs (such that mass mailing would be something to start doing)? I know there are a couple people who have posted with positively ludicrous numbers of CBs, but what would 3Ls say is average enough to yield 1-2 offers?
it depends on the market. in NY, i would say four CBs is safe although still not guaranteed. you can see the CB to offers ratios in that chart OCS gives you. Most firms in NY are around 50% but, for example, DPW is more like 25%. mass mailing never hurts, though. i was median last year and had six CBs from EIP and two from mass mailing. i only did four and then cancelled the rest once i got an offer i liked more.
tips on mass mailing: email every NLJ 250 firm in NYC and your home market. also find smaller firms on martindale to mail but start with NLJ 250 bc those are the most likely to have summer programs and the most likely to be hiring now. what i did was paste a short cover letter in the body of the email and then attach my resume and transcript as PDFs. in the subject line, put 'Columbia 2L (Stone - if applicable) seeking SA position.' i can put my email cover letter in this thread if you want to see it. IME, firms that came to EIP weren't responsive, but it is still worth mailing them. start with ones that didn't, but do the ones that did also.
ETA: even if you have four CBs, you may as well mass mail for more just to be safe. plus you need something to do with your time that is more productive than checking this thread and learning that CBs have gone out for your interviewers.