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HLS around top 30% for Boston

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:36 pm
by PriOSkyVXS
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Re: HLS around top 30% for Boston

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:21 pm
by Anonymous User
Out of curiosity, how do you know what's top 30%?

Re: HLS around top 30% for Boston

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:32 pm
by Bronte
Your strategy sounds fine, although I don't know much about Boston. I was top 5-10% at a lower T14, and I split between New York and Chicago with no ties to Chicago. The Chicago firms did not like that very much, especially when they found out I was applying in New York, but the New York firms did not care. You should be able to fall back on New York if Boston doesn't bite.

Re: HLS around top 30% for Boston

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:38 pm
by Anonymous User
OCS said that having 3 H's is around median. I heard that 6 H's or 5 H's with one being DS or 6 H's with one being DS + 1 LP are all around top 30%.

Re: HLS around top 30% for Boston

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:03 pm
by Anonymous User
Currently at HLS and SA at one of Ropes/Wilmer/Goodwin. Grades are fine but you need to be a good interviewer for both those firms as well. During EIP a lot of people thought they could waltz into those firms b/c they take so many HLS students. That wasn't the case.

Re: HLS around top 30% for Boston

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:13 am
by Anonymous User
PriOSkyVXS wrote:Hey all,

HLS 1L here. I'm at around top 30%. I'm interested in Boston transactional work involving start-ups/venture funds (I have a finance/business background).

Should I consider Ropes and WilmerHale to be reasonable firms to aim for? I have ties to Boston, but not very strong ties. Would bidding on 15 firms in Boston and 20 in NYC be a good strategy? Or should I focus more on NYC in case I strike out in Boston?

Thanks for the advice!

How much do you want start ups/venture work, and how much are you just shooting for the high vault/prestige/general corprorate practice ranked offices? Chambers has Wilmer at Band 2 and Ropes at Band 3 for startup work in Boston in their rankings (second one on the left sidebar for VC stuff), and there are a number of firms I'd preference over Ropes (and probably Wilmer, too, as Latham raided their practice a bit) for this kind of work, some of which will probably be less selective overall (not that you'll have too hard a time based on grades/resume at any Boston firm).