Anonymous User wrote: nonprofit-prophet wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Sorry to jump in, but I have a handful of Texas firms that I would prefer to work at (since I want to do corporate and avoid litigation).
I am a Texan at UT. Is it acceptable to apply for both the Dallas and Houston offices of a firm like Akin Gump, Andrews Kurth, or Weil -- and let them know in both cover letters that you are doing so and why?
Like I said, I am from Texas, but I do not have ties to either Dallas or Houston (or, to the extent I do, they are more-or-less equal). I am more concerned about the work and the firm rather than the city. Am I shooting myself in the foot given the Dallas-Houston rivalry?
EDIT: I am not applying to both Weil offices since the Houston office is rather weak. But the point still stands. Consider Locke Lord, Jones Day, et. al. I am applying to the Dallas and Houston offices of multiple firms.
Excerpt: "I am a native Texan from XXX, TX, a town near XX, TX (an east Texas town nearly equidistant from both Dallas and Houston; think Nagadoches). I am applying for both your Dallas and Houston offices because I want to do transactional work, and according to NALP, both your Dallas and Houston offices have a significant corporate practice. Since Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is one of the top firms in Texas for transactional work, I want to maximize my chances of getting an interview with one of your offices by applying to both. Given my [overseas living and language skills, noted on resume] background, I would be willing to split my summer between one of your Texas offices and your [significant Asian office]."
Hard to give advice without knowing your grades. If your grades are good, I think the risk from not committing to a city is unnecessary.
3.67 / Texas Law Review.
I am the same person with the other anon thread with the bid list. As far as I am concerned, I think Dallas and Houston are basically indistinguishable. I don't have a particularly compelling reason to be at one or the other. The firm is more important than the city.
By the way, I hope firms wouldn't think I am a flight risk of going back to east Texas. Everyone in Texas knows east Texas is a sh*thole. So why would they care?
I don't think it's a problem to go for both offices, but you might be shooting yourself in the foot with your approach. Instead of telling firms you don't care about the city, tell firms why you would love to work in that particular city (and then be completely honest about why you would love to work in the other city as well).
I'm at UT and I interviewed with offices in Dallas, Austin, and Houston. I was very up front with the fact that I would love to live in all three cities. When I interviewed with Dallas firms I added that I preferred Dallas the most of the three. I'm currently splitting between two different firms in Dallas and Houston. I actually told one of the big three Texas firms' houston office that I preferred Dallas to Houston, but I would still love to live in Houston for X, Y, and Z reason--I got an offer to their Houston office (and not Dallas office). My strategy ended up making Austin have little chance of success, since they want "Austin all the way" but I wasn't wanting to go Austin or bust.
In your case, you might be in a little more of a dangerous position since you don't seem to have city specific ties to either Dallas or Houston. Did you visit either city a lot growing up? Friends in either city? Desire to work and start a family close (but not too close) to your family in east Texas? Come up with good reasons for why each city is an excellent fit for you--that is much better than telling firms basically "I really don't give a shit about what city I'm in as long as it's better than shitty east texas."
Also, if you really have 0 specific ties to Dallas, your smarter bet is going to be Houston. Houston does not care about ties as much. I have significantly stronger ties to Dallas, but a few Dallas firms grilled me about "Why Dallas?" when that barely came up in all my houston interviews (I said my reasons and then we moved on).
I really don't know much about foreign offices and how competitive their summer programs are (and if they even have them going for most of their offices). I would talk to someone in CSO about this. If a firm has offices in Asia, yet none of these offices actually have a summer program, then your request looks a bit weird. Even if you make this request, you should tell them you would love to work in that particular city and their office overseas, and not either Dallas or Houston and the Asia office.