Anonymous User wrote:
RedSwingline wrote:You could also throw in Morgan Lewis. And, you should probably put Nixon Peabody and Pillsbury high on your bid list given they are low GPA firms and fill up quickly. Last year, for all offices, only 35% of all bids for Nixon Peabody ended up in OCI interviews. That number is 29% for Pillsbury.
3L here - this is good advice. Generally, I found it best to make a list of all the firms I was interested in (based on market and practice area). Then, I ordered the bid list based on 1) the GPA selectivity (less selective = top of the list), 2) class size (larger = top of list), and 3) number of markets the firm is interviewing for (more markets = put higher on the list, since more people will be bidding on them). Probability-wise, that's the best way to maximize interviews and to boost your odds of an offer.
That said, this is hardly an exact science, so it's hard to say exactly how much relative weight to put on each of the above.
I actually did this in a completely different way. I didn't look at class size or GPA selectivity at all. I just looked at the number of interview slots from last year and the percentage of people bidding who got interviews. I also took into account the number of markets for each firm, because that can sort of skew the bidding/interview success rate.
I also did some of my ordering based on firm preference. Since there are a limited number of SF/SV firms coming to OCI I'm bidding on all of the non-IP firms, but there are definitely some firms on the list that I have pretty minimal interest in. That's why I put Nixon Peabody and Pillsbury at the bottom of my list. I'm pretty okay with not getting interviews with those firms.
Is it really important to take into account GPA selectivity if, presumably, that's factored into the number of people who bid that firm in the past? Also, I know big class size increases chances of an offer, but that alone isn't going to have an impact on getting a lottery interview, right? Not in any way that isn't already reflected in the percentage of people who bid a firm that actually got interviews. Some firms with big class sizes have a huge number of interview slots and some have very few, so I think looking at class size alone could be a bit misleading.
Am I missing something? Or is it okay to mostly base my ordering off of the 2012 EIW bidding data.
Oh, and I will add Morgan Lewis. Left them off by accident.