Anonymous User wrote:Firms outside of NYC or outside V100 in NYC are not receptive to P students.
I get what you're trying to say, but Penn is way more than just a NYC market feeder. Literally every other decent-sized city is more than receptive to Penn students if there are some ties or a reason to be there. If you're a dude from California trying to interview in Chicago when you've never spent any time there, yeah, they're going to have questions. But if you're interviewing in California, they're more than receptive to you.
Just wanted to clarify that.
I get the feeling that they know you are trying to use then as a safety net. They would rather hire students from lower ranked schools who are dying to work there
It's just an interview question you need to answer properly. If they're questioning why you're interviewing there and not some big fancy New York law firm, stress the work they do and your interest in their region. If they ask you if you've interviewed at big fancy New York law firms, then answer truthfully (yes), but give a few reasons why you think their work is more suited for you and your career goals. There's plenty of reasons to not want to go to a big fancy New York law firm--they generally can pretty much suck, to be honest.
I encourage all of you who are still looking to realize you have plenty of time to find a great opportunity, and that some big ass law firm isn't some pinnacle of post-grad employment. Several of your classmates going to a big firm will fucking hate it and leave quickly anyways, resenting the waste of time. Meanwhile, you found some rewarding job in your hometown or in Philly or something that's way better than toiling away for a few years.