Anonymous User wrote:Transfer to Berkeley. Top of my class at T50 for 1L year. From Southern California and want transactional work in the Bay Area.
Here's my top 20:
Wilson Sonsini (Palo Alto)
Cooley (Palo Alto)
Kirkland & Ellis (SF)
Morrison & Foerster (SF)
O’Melveny & [deleted] (SF)
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (SF)
Covington & Burling (SF)
Farella Braun + Martel (SF)
Arnold & Porter (SF)
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Menlo Park)
Ropes & Gray (SF)
Fenwick & West (Mountain View)
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton (LA)
Sidley Austin (LA)
Munger, Tolles & Olson (LA)
Irell & Manella (Newport Beach)
Jones Day (SF)
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villenevue Franklin & Hachigian (Palo Alto)
Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett (Palo Alto)
K&L Gates (SF)
Any glaring mistakes? Any important firms missing?
Overall, this is a very good list. Is it in order? If yes, I might move up the smaller classes and move down the giant ones - I think you can get K&E much closer to 10 than 1, for example, and I think Wilson and Cooley can be a bit farther down.
There are a few missing firms: Reed Smith SF is one of the most glaring, since the office is near 150 lawyers and has a substantial transactional practice. If you have a Real Estate interest, maybe bid Gibson SF (if not, bid Gibson SV; regardless bid one).
Two firms I'd cut are Covington SF and MTO. MTO's corporate practice is teensy, and I don't think you'll get them unless your grades were so good that you would've gotten HLS/SLS as well. Though if you make CLR I might throw them a bid. Covington wasn't too high on transfers my year who came from outside the schools where they normally attend OCI. If Bingham has a corporate group I'd throw them a bid. DLA Piper SV, Latham, Davis Polk, S&C LA (they liked transfers my OCI year) are all worth bids if they're coming. -BW's Beard.