Anonymous User wrote:Bidding almost exclusively Chicago. Very strong regional ties. 3 H's. K-JD, prestigious-ish undergrad (still get a lot of crap for it at HLS). Non-URM.
Does anyone have any advice as to Chicago firms? Or more specifically, any advice/experience with Kirkland, Sidley, Jenner? Any idea what cutoffs might look like?
And if anyone has an idea what political culture might look like at Chicago firms generally? I know Jenner is liberal, but was wondering what the other firms might look like politically.
Rising 3L here. I was similar to you and got callbacks to those firms and ended up in Chicago. Bid anywhere you would work, and see what happens. Wouldn't worry about your undergrad - and if you went somewhere close to Chicago (i.e. Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Northwestern, UofC), that can only help. I doubt there are hard cutoffs, as very few HLS students end up in Chicago - more so, have a good reason to come to Chicago, and you'll be fine. Be personable, do your research ahead of time as to specialities (but really, they all do everything, especially Kirkland and Sidley). I was also wondering about where I would fit in politically - but really, this is something to explore more after getting callbacks and/or offers and deciding. There are lots of Obama people floating around because of his Chicago ties, including at other places like Skadden.