Anonymous User wrote:Can't find an OCI thread, so I wanted to ask here. Rising 2L at S, below median (but not straight P's), really want SF. Have some good ties besides attending law school here. Some prior PI legal work experience. Interested in litigation (not IP). Advice on which firms to bid on?
Thanks for any help. OCS not being very responsive.
OCS at SLS is godawful. Sorry they still haven't learned how to provide any decent assistance...
Since you've said below median but not straight Ps, I'm going to give advice as though you have 2 Hs. You will likely want to bid another city other than SF (I'd suggest NYC, since a lot of firms will be happy to take a non-straight P SLSer).
For SF, here are firms that I think might be in your wheelhouse:
- Paul Hastings
- Farella (they really like SF ties, and have taken people with low grades in the past)
- Shartsis Friese
- Hanson Bridgett
- Reed Smith (very large SF office, very few SLS kids bid on them)
- O'Melveny (they run the gamut from kids with great grades, like 7+ Hs, to kids with 1 H)
- Kirkland (they dip below median for SLS kids every year)
Reaches, but might be worth it (less so if you only have 1 H, that'd put you likely bottom 20ish percent of the class): Latham, A&P, Akin Gump, Jones Day, Bingham, Sidley.
Avoid the ones you'd think to avoid: Gibson, Covington, Keker.
If you're okay with the Valley, I'd suggest adding DLA Piper, Faegre Baker Daniels (new Valley office just about to open, and they're chronically underbid at OCI), Fenwick, and some of the NYC satellites, like Skadden.
Hope that helps! Good luck, keep focused, and don't freak out. People with your grades often wind up with many offers. Start thinking, though, about how willing you are to leave the Bay. NYC firms will be fairly easy to get, so I'd go hard for a few that love SLS kids and aren't that grade conscious for them (Paul Weiss, Skadden, Milbank, Curtis-Mallet). You've got 30 bids and most of them will be underbid, so I'd suggest a 2:1 SF/Valley:NYC split, to maximize your chances.
Hell, find an NYC office you like, get an offer, and ask to split with their SF office. -BW's Beard.