nonprofit-prophet wrote:Haven't seen a UT bid list/OCI discussion, so I figured I'd start one.
I'm right around a 4.0 (I guess 2-3%) and I'm looking to stay in TX, but I threw in LA and NYC just in case I had a change of heart at the last minute. I wasn't really sure how to structure my bids. I guessed that more UT students would bid on TX than NY/LA, so I bid those firms higher. Does anyone see any glaring mistakes? Am I bidding too low for NYC? Any firms I missed? Also, I'm not completely sure how our OCI works. If we don't get an interview with a firm we like through the bidding process, can we still send them a resume?
I would definitely revise your picks based on home offices. For example, VE Houston is much stronger than VE Dallas, and I would also suggest ranking LL Dallas above LL Houston. Further, if you know what practice groups you're most interested in, I would rank firms that are strong in those areas first. For example, if you want to do lit, focus on Fulbright Houston, Gibbs & Bruns Houston, Susman Houston, McKool Dallas, Carrington Dallas, Beck Redden Houston, etc. If you want to do transactional, focus on VE Houston, AK Houston, Bracewell Houston, HayBoo Dallas, Jones Day Dallas, Baker Botts Houston. Finally, I would recommend focusing on Texas-based firms than satellite offices if you have any interest in making partner. And I wouldn't rank Akin Gump so high at all - they have a very diminishing presence in Texas.
Granted, with your grades, you will get interviews with all of these places, so my advice is really more for callbacks and accepting offers than it is for OCI bid lists.