Anonymous User wrote:
What are the grade cut offs for your firm within the t14? Any difference by tier?
About what you'd expect: Lower for HYS, high for GULC. We try to maintain about the same number of people from each school from year to year, and the number of spots also decreases the farther down you go. I'm not sure that specific grade cut-offs will be terribly helpful without naming my firm. But expect that the more selective firms will have higher grade cut-offs.
Aside from obvious stuff like grades/LR, what else can someone do to make the cut in DC? What separates someone you think can handle your firm from someone who can't?
A demonstrated interest in what we do. If you spent your 1L summer doing work that would be useful at the firm, then that's a plus. In-depth knowledge about the firm is also good. Anything that shows that you've done your homework.
Any other common TLS misconceptions you've seen?
Lol most perceptions of relative firm quality. Truth of the matter is that most of the top 10 or so in DC do pretty similar stuff. Of course, some firms handle the really high-stakes matters and some firms have niche practices, but the bread and butter is mostly the same, and the bread and butter is mostly what you'll be doing. A couple of firms have pretty strong cultures, but there's really not much of a difference between most of them. You will have similar experiences at Covington, Hogan, A&P, Wilmer, Latham, Akin, etc. W&C is arguably the most different of the big DC firms. Just put in your time at the highest ranked one you can (unless you're interested in a niche practice area) and move on. If you want to make partner, go to a place with a low partner-to-associate ratio or plan to jump ship after a few years.