Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:For previous 3L applicants, how long was response time typically from mass mail to interview request? I have around 150 outstanding applications and some firms have said to check back in October or November or that they'll keep my resume on file. Is it realistic that a firm could get my resume in August and I won't hear from them for a month or two or more? How typical is that? I usually take silence as a rejection but am wondering what to expect, if anything. I plan to follow up with most firms a few times over fall semester express continued interest but am wondering if anyone has accepted an offer or assumed they had struck out only to get a surprising interview request after a long period of silence. Not that I plan to turn down a halfway decent offer!!!!
The lack of 3L info is killing me. Either there are no (current or former) 3L job-seekers on this forum (???), or for some reason they're just not willing to share.
About your points, I can't shake this nagging feeling that it's just too early to be applying / mass-mailing, and that the conventional wisdom of "the earlier the better" doesn't necessarily apply to the 3L job search. I suspect that needs for first year associates will be clearer next year. I have a hard time believing that at that time, recruiters will go back to wading through piles of resumes received half a year earlier instead of just looking at contemporaneous submissions. Everyone I can think of at my T2 who got a job as a 3L did so in the spring of their last year, or after graduation. Other than that, there is little evidence on either side of this proposition because... no one here is willing to talk. Fuck. Frustrated.
Earlier is better, it's just that very few firms hire the type of people still looking at 3L (non-SAs, no-offered SAs, etc). I did 450 mass mails so far and got two interviews from median at lower T14. CSO said that was a good conversion rate. About a dozen firms said they are considering yet and another dozen said they will hold it for a month. For the two I got, it was worth it to mail early and the other 12 can sit on it for a month. There is another spurt of hiring after the bar results come in, but that's super variable because by then your JD is almost stale and you're ineligible for some government hiring.