Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Here are my thoughts on firms for reference (not gospel, but just to give you an idea)
Cravath: I'd recommend 178+ before you bid this highly (but you can probably snag this off of add/drop or late on your bidlist). Be able to speak intelligently about what's going on in corporate law. I've heard of some with median getting CSM.
S&C: They hire down to median and have a huge summer class to fill. IF you have good grades personality requirements drop, if you have slightly above median grades, it's important that the interviewer likes you.
Skadden: Median or slightly above median is fine.
DPW: I've heard of median grades, but usually 178.5s and 179s get CBs here. They're more picky.
Weil: Grades don't seem to be important, but they don't call many people back.
Cleary: Grades seem more important here than with other peer firms.
Kirkland: Slightly above median is fine for NY.
As for the rest, Gibson/Boies are really the only grade conscious v20s. Generally, the sliding scale of grades+personality will move downward as you move down vault rankings with NYC firms (there are some exceptions).
This is awesome - thanks a ton. Not an above-quoted anon but the advice is much appreciated in any case. Anyone have insight on the same question re: CA firms?
I bid exclusively CA, so I can be of help here. It's is much more nuanced - most importantly, what part of CA? LA, SF, and SV are all different beasts. Think of them as three completely different markets
(and anyone bidding CA can certainly PM me - I'm happy to be open with my bid list, grades, etc. I will say, however, that 1L's should NOT be worrying about this stuff now. Focus on spring finals).
edit: realized this is anon - this is WhenInLaw
Since we're on the topic, what do you guys recommend as far as the timeline for preparing for spring finals?
Last quarter I put off studying for finals until the memo was done. I'm guessing most people did the same thing. I don't have my grades yet so I might regret it but at least in terms of stress/workload it worked out well. Can I do the same thing for spring finals or should we be preparing earlier?
OP here: Happy to answer your question on the answering questions thread, but let's keep this to jobs since we're in the employment forum.