Chicago Legal Market for MVP Student Below Curve

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Chicago Legal Market for MVP Student Below Curve

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:37 pm

Please serious advice other than "you're SOL"

I am not from Chicago, and in general, have some ties with the city, as I have family and close friends. I am trying to build a strategy to break in. Recently, I sent out a mass mail and have decided to go to Chicago for 3 days in August before OCI.

Although I'm below the curve (not close to it) at MVP, I finished a summer internship with Big 3 Texas firm in Houston with positive feedback; joined a law journal but have not heard back from law review; generally good resume having gone to grad school in UK and working for a bit before law school; active volunteering in community, not just legal pro bono; member of BLSA and female

Does anyone have any advice what to do at this point? I currently secured four interviews with other firms in Texas. In general, I'm a good candidate with meh-grades.

Finally, as for going to Chicago, I have been trying to get there for years so to speak, and things never lined up. Now, my long term boyfriend and closest friends are living in the city. Also, I'm interested in antitrust and securities litigation.

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Re: Chicago Legal Market for MVP Student Below Curve

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:43 pm

Not trying to be an ass, but ite with below median grades why in the world would you just not try to go back to a BIG 3 FIRM in Houston? Do you know how selective the big 3 Tex firms are (even for a MVP student)??? And they pay NYC market (160K) in a state with dirt low COL AND NO state income tax!

Good luck with Chicago though lol. I just think you might have a grass is greener mindset right now and don't realize how good of a position you are in already.

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Re: Chicago Legal Market for MVP Student Below Curve

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:55 pm

The OP may have had a diversity 1L position, and those rarely lead to 2L/post graduation positions.

OP, I would focus on TX since you have interviews there (or NYC or where you have ties to). Chicago pretty much isn't happening, at least not at a competitive firm (50+ attorneys).




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