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Bay Area Ties Question

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:16 pm

So, I'm top 10% at MVP and am looking pretty heavily at California, the Bay Area in particular. The problem is, I have only minimal ties (dad grew up in San Diego and my grandmother + Aunt still life there). Is the Bay Area sufficiently parochial/small such that I stand no chance, or will my grades be sufficient for me to push for something there?

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Re: Bay Area Ties Question

Postby bk1 » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:19 pm

SV will care more about interest in the kind of work they do. SF will care more about ties. I think you will be at least somewhat grilled on ties in SF, I think grades plus your CA ties will help if you have a good reason for SF.

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Re: Bay Area Ties Question

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:22 pm

I had slightly worse grades at a slightly worse school and ended up with multiple offers in both markets (SV and SF). Ties were pretty weak. I explained my interest in the work and in the lifestyle as juxtaposed against NYC and that seemed to work fine. I suspect you'll have a similar outcome if you're relatively personable.

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Re: Bay Area Ties Question

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 21, 2013 6:13 pm

Don't worry. Ties matter less than you think. So many people here have minimal ties to the Bay Area. I actually think it makes no difference whether you apply to SF or SV when it comes to ties. Pedigree counts for a lot more.

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Re: Bay Area Ties Question

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:41 pm

Awesome! Thanks all of you! I'm mostly looking at Wilson Sonsini (among other firms) for their start up practice (I've worked for 4 so far in non-technical capacities and want to continue doing stuff like that).

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Re: Bay Area Ties Question

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:58 am

Anonymous User wrote:Awesome! Thanks all of you! I'm mostly looking at Wilson Sonsini (among other firms) for their start up practice (I've worked for 4 so far in non-technical capacities and want to continue doing stuff like that).


I'm sure you know this, but I would keep an open perspective given how tough the market is (and you never know whether you will really like a firm). If you like corporate work, think broader, like Fenwick, Cooley, Goodwin, Covington, etc.

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Re: Bay Area Ties Question

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Awesome! Thanks all of you! I'm mostly looking at Wilson Sonsini (among other firms) for their start up practice (I've worked for 4 so far in non-technical capacities and want to continue doing stuff like that).


I'm sure you know this, but I would keep an open perspective given how tough the market is (and you never know whether you will really like a firm). If you like corporate work, think broader, like Fenwick, Cooley, Goodwin, Covington, etc.


These threads may be helpful:

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... &view=next

http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 3&t=194362

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Re: Bay Area Ties Question

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:03 pm

OP here, thanks again, this is going to be super helpful! Good luck to everyone else with OCI stuff!




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