Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote: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.
Anon who you're responding to here.
Thanks on the advice on the undergrad. I did go to one of the schools you listed. When you say, explore more after getting callbacks/offers, what are things you would recommend looking for?
And to the poster who asked if I actually got crapped on for my undergrad -- yes, it's happened. The most memorable instances were from Ivy League alumni.
Sorry for the delayed response, rising 3L in Chicago back here. By "explore more," I mean talk to attorneys at the firms you are considering, ask to talk to people who are involved in the political scene, or ask current HLS students or recent alums. It's hard to really nail down before getting an offer, because at that point you want to have a few choices rather than shut yourself out by asking too many of those types of questions (it's like OCS advises not to ask certain questions until after you get the offer...I just don't think this would be helpful for you to try and get a job; there aren't that many Chicago firms that come, so if you really want Chicago and no where else, just bid mostly/exclusively there anyway and you will still have room for more).