ajax adonis wrote:Enlightening. How much weight does your firm place on school when selecting candidates?
There is no set formula. The last time we hired and I was going through resumes I'd say that a person from a strong academic background, i.e. solid UG and a T30 LS had a much easier time getting me to read their transcript and writing sample where as someone from a lower ranked school NEEDED eye catching qualifications Like significant past legal experience to really capture my attention. The partners at my firm have strong pedigrees, but they are willing to accept that people from lower ranked LSs can be good lawyers too (they just need to stand out more to get noticed). That said - we don't hire from NYLS, the partners believe it isn't a real LS and I don't have the time or desire to convince them otherwise.
Oddly, the ability to follow simple instructions is a unique skill. You should pay close attention to send a resume to the correct person at the firm and to submit only the materials requested (and not leave out requested materials). I will interview Simone with a C on the transcript but I won't interview someone who didn't send a transcript when I asked for one.
Thank you notes are very important. Not because I care that you thanked me, but because I need to see that you can write a well tailored note based on a conversation we just had and that it is grammatically correct.