Anonymous User wrote:Top 25%-ish. Bid 30 NYC, and the rest secondary markets and DC.
Only received 1 preselect in NYC, and 8 alternates. Did relatively well in the secondary markets (total of 8 preselects and 6 alternates), but they are cities where my ties are tenuous at best. Would really prefer NYC, since I'm looking to do transactional work if at all possible.
Spoke to CSO and they informed me that the reason I failed so miserably compared to my peers in NYC might be because of my resume (I am a non-traditional major and a K-JD). Obviously, there is nothing I can do about that at his point, all I can do is attempt to receive as many interviews as I can. I'm hoping some of the NYC alternates come through, but if not I would still like to find a way to get in front of some decent NYC firms. Any suggestions? Is it acceptable to email firms now that didn't select me, or is that not cool? Do I just show up at their hospitality suites unannounced and try to introduce myself there? Any help would be great.
It is still weird you got so few preselects?
What was your major if you don't mind my asking? I also have a non-traditional major, and work experience but not for a company - more self employed/independent contracting (in the economy, the only way to pull over 500/week with my degree was to learn how to make your own money), and may have underperformed my #'s a bit but still got most of the ones I wanted. Are you from NY originally?
CSO is the best to ask, but the hospitality suite would depend on your personality. For example, I'm personable but not suave so I do not think I would be able to show up at these suites and pull interviews without coming across as used car salesmanish. I know other people from our year who I am sure would be able to.
I think e-mailing may be a little aggressive, but on the other hand if you're not a jerk about it the worst that can happen is they'll ignore you or say no. You can mass mail NY, but really all of the decent sized firms will be here anyway so it may be one of the few markets where mass mailing is pretty worthless. Have you considered expanding your pool a bit? Top 25%ish here is really good, but the economy is still poor and I do not think that in itself solidifies 160k NYC. Would you consider North Jersey, Connecticut, etc.? The tri-state area has a ton of penumbras of big law, and maybe mass mailing there would be more effective. NYC is only 99 miles from Philadelphia, for example. I have a relative who commuted from a South Jersey suburb to NYC 4x a week, and it was only about 80 minutes each way to the office, which is only 20 minutes more than most partners' commutes from Long Island to the office. My point is you can actually be in better financial shape given the 35-40% less COL, only 10% difference in market pay and still be nearly as close to NYC for social/family purposes.