Desert Fox wrote: DrGuano wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:One interview told me "You have a great resume and you will probably get offers at firms like Cravath, Sullivan and Cromwell, etc...Just look for the culture and choose that way"
Happened to me. Was always with a firm that pulled from a lower percentage at my school. Callbacks at DPW, Weil, Cravath, Cleary, Paul Weiss, etc. but not Schulte, Hughes Hubbard, Stroock, or Shearman & Sterling.
When you have 35 bids or more, you have to put these less-selective firms and at the screener level, in this job-market, it'd be crazy to cancel an interview. Still, it's understandable they're not wasting callback slots/time/resources on candidates they are confident will end up at a more selective/better situated firm.
If you are in that position where your grades are above the typical range that a firm you really want pulls from, you should absolutely communicate to your screener your sincere interest in the firm, and back that up by weaving in the research you've done on the firm and the practice area you're interested in.
Don't forget to factor in that firms who aren't very grade selective, just don't care as much about grades. They are making decisions based on other factors. If they don't care if someone is well below median, they probably don't care that you are way above median.
I go to a T30 though, so they're not pulling from well below median. This isn't hard and fast, but basically: Top 1-10%/LR gets DPW, S&C, Skadden, Weil, Paul Weiss, Quinn more or less in that range from 1-10%. 10-25% no LR, but top secondary gets Sidley, Millbank, Sherman, Schulte, Orrick, Kaye Scholer, Chadbourne, etc. 25-33% no LR, other secondary Seward Kissel, Greenberg Traurig, Shephard Mullen, etc.
So at this particular school they do care. Kids top 1-10% on LR are not going to Seward Kissel.