A. Nony Mouse wrote:Perhaps what this all really means is that someone planning to attend (say) a NYC school who wants to work in (say) Chicago or California after graduation really needs to 1) research what firms from those markets come to the NYC OCI before committing to attending that school and/or 2) expect not to go through OCI to get their job and gear up that part of their job search as soon as they can.
I don't really think this is necessary. I'm at UC Hastings, and the national firms that came to our OCI were all happy to consider applicants for other offices of the firm. It's Hastings, so you still need to be top 10%, but every year a handful of students get jobs in an east coast office of a firm that comes to OCI (I know at least 1 student was an SA in DC this summer).
As a result, it seems like students at HYS who really wanted to work in, say, LA, should be able to apply to the national firms that are at their OCI and just request the LA office. I highly doubt that firms which come to Hastings are willing to consider you for an East Coast office, but firms going to HYS are unwilling to consider students for their West Coast offices.
The real problem is what happens if (like the OP), you're interested NOT in working for a Texas office of a national firm, but rather working in a Texas firm that doesn't have nationwide offices. Since that's a limit of firms you can work for, but not on geographic locations you can work in, I don't think it's as big a problem, but then again, I have never ever wanted to live or work in Texas, so I'm biased.