Anonymous User wrote:Does anyone know or can a 3L talk about what firms have been flooded with bids in the past? Lots of people have mentioned that the lower GPA firms are usually overbid (and so you should bid them high in your list), but at what GPA mean/median does that taper off? If I'm bidding on firms in the 3.5-3.6 range as well as some firms with a lower range, should I worry about not getting interviews with the 3.5-3.6 firms and bid them high?
Rising 3L here. I wouldn't worry so much about firms in the 3.5-3.6 range, since at that point only 1/3 of the class is really in the running to begin with. Figure that market preferences will reduce that 1/3 by some amount (depending on your market), and your odds of getting an interview should be pretty decent. Based on my experience, when you get below a 3.35-3.4 median (very roughly speaking), a whole lot more of the class is in play for those spots and interviews became tougher to land. Generally, I'd suggest initially ranking them in inverse order of median GPA and make adjustments up or down based on other factors (number of offices, practice areas, class size, number of interviewers, etc).
Final piece of advice - definitely bid a firm interviewing for SAs at multiple offices a few slots higher than a comparable-median firm interviewing for a single office, since the former will draw bids from more of your classmates. For the instances where I didn't get a lottery interview despite a high bid, it was for firms sending only 1-2 interviewers but screening for numerous offices.
Example for all of the above: At the extremes, think of Pillsbury and SullCrom. For a firm like Pillsbury (one of the least selective, and interviewing for lots of offices IIRC - DC, SF, LA, NYC), probably 70-80% of the class would meet their grade cutoffs, and people looking at a huge number of markets would want the slots. Put them in your top few bids. For a firm like SullCrom, maybe 20% of the class has any shot to begin with, and they're only (or at least primarily) interviewing for NYC - so you can bid them late and still have a very good shot at getting an interview.