URM, ties to LA and NY, not many to norcal. Areas of interest (in order of preference):
VC / Emerging Companies Corporate > M&A/ Corporate Finance/Capital Markets > PE, Financial Institutions.
Good 1L position and prior experience before entering law school.
My ideal would be practicing VC / EC corporate work in LA, but I know the field is just really starting to take off, and I would enjoy living in SV/SF.
My priorities in order: Quality / Consistent Work in my top fields of interest > Location (LA preferred, but I have lived in NY and LA) > Maximizing bids. I tried to order my list to reflect this, hence why I have so few CA bids despite my preferences for there (really only trying to go back if I can do what I want or be at a firm like Gibson/Latham in LA) . I based some of my ordering of NY firms based on old data provided by school. Is this about right? Too ambitious? I think a 3.55 should be around top 20-25%, so assume 25% to be safe.
All firms are NY unless otherwise noted.
1. Cooley - SV
3. WSGR - SV
5. MoFo - LA(?) (still debating this one)
7. Paul Weiss
8. Clifford Chance
11. Gunderson - SV
13. Ropes & Gray
15. Fried Frank
17. Allen & Overy
19. OMM - LA
20. Gibson - LA
21. Latham - LA
24. Kramer Levin
25. Wilkie Farr
27. White & Case
30. Goodwin Procter - SV/NY (undecided).