McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

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Working for McKinsey during 2L summer (read below)?

Good idea.
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If you can find an SA position with a firm, then don't work for McKinsey until after 3L.
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McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:53 pm

I haven't been offered a job or anything, I'm just strategizing.

I'm interested in both law and business. It seems like doing a McKinsey 2L summer position would be risky, because if they don't give an offer at the end of the summer, then you seemingly have a tough road ahead during 3L: applying to business jobs (which is presumably tough for law students) or you apply for legal jobs whilst explaining that you actually want to be lawyer despite not working for a firm in the 2L summer. Should one then do a firm job for 2L summer and then perhaps apply to McKinsey during 3L?

I'm not certain of the above answer though. Maybe it's almost certain for the 2L summer jobs to turn into full-time employment. Maybe it's easy to find business jobs when you have a McKinsey summer position on your resume.

What do you think? Also, is it way harder to work for McKinsey after 3L if you didn't already work for them after 2L?

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby gyarados » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:57 pm

Why are you not JD/MBA? Then you can do two summers, one with each.

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:58 pm

I figured I didn't have strong enough work experience to get into a good MBA program.-OP

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby flcath » Wed Aug 08, 2012 3:59 pm

I have advice (which you should definitely heed), but it doesn't squarely address your question:

Like ~5% of TLS is equippied to answer your question. Completely ignore the poll results, and approach posts with a healthy skepticism.

Sounds like you're in a good spot, though, bro.

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby target » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:13 pm

come back after OCI or receiving an offer from McKinsey. If you get an offer from McKinsey, chances are you get at least one SA offer.

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:26 pm

McKinsey definitely gives offers at the end of the summer, so not sure why it is risky. Also, McKinsey is much, much harder to get than a law firm gig. While if you have the grades and a personality, firms will throw you offers, McKinsey is not like that at all, its all case interviews after the first round. Definitely try the McKinsey 1st round if you get it and see how you like the case interviews, if you enjoy it, then maybe you should concentrate on crushing the 2nd and 3rd round. If not, then just try for the law firms.

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:16 pm

Thanks y'all.

I guess the riskiness is that if you don't get an offer, it's not clear what you do next (unless having 10 weeks at McKinsey is enough to get interviews with other businesses during 3L). Whereas if you don't get an offer from a law firm...you're in law school, so just keep applying to law jobs. It seems safer (I'm at a good school.)

Probably my ideal would be to split summers between McKinsey and a firm.

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:54 pm

Why can't you split your 2L between McK and a lawl firm?

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Why can't you split your 2L between McK and a lawl firm?

law firm wants commitment to the law - no firm wants you exploring alternative careers in business

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Bildungsroman » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:06 pm

Are you about to start 2L year?

Also, maybe don't start a thread for choosing between options until you have those options.

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby flcath » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:15 pm

Bildungsroman wrote:Are you about to start 2L year?

Also, maybe don't start a thread for choosing between options until you have those options.

Eh, going about getting the McKinsey option will take a lot of extra work if it turns out it was never a good idea (based on what I've heard about the prep required for those interviews . . . idk, I was a STEM guy).

It is always kinda funny when people do the old "help me choose between Yale, Harvard w/ $12K, or Mich on the Darrow" and they don't have an LSAT score yet.

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby target » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:20 pm

flcath wrote:
Bildungsroman wrote:Are you about to start 2L year?

Also, maybe don't start a thread for choosing between options until you have those options.

Eh, going about getting the McKinsey option will take a lot of extra work if it turns out it was never a good idea (based on what I've heard about the prep required for those interviews . . . idk, I was a STEM guy).

It is always kinda funny when people do the old "help me choose between Yale, Harvard w/ $12K, or Mich on the Darrow" and they don't have an LSAT score yet.


whether going the consulting route is worth it really depends on an individual. There are pros and cons to both working at a big law firm and working in consulting. And don't kid ourselves, if you do shitty works as an SA, you are likely not to get a permanent offer from a big firm.

Also, check this viewtopic.php?f=23&t=123589&start=225

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:27 pm

Do Bain or BCG come to your OCI or just resume drop? Seems like a lot to learn the case interview inside and out just for a shot at McK?

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Re: McKinsey 2L summer employment: wise or nay?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:35 pm

As far as I know, Bain and BCG neither come to OCI nor do a resume drop here, but I could be wrong. But I recall someone from BCG participating in a lunch panel discussion or something.
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