Anonymous User wrote:Another 1L here. To add to the chorus, thanks to everyone for the great advice so far.
Since none of us know grades yet, I'm curious if anyone has advice for those of us who will end up below median. I guess OCS will probably give us some info about cutoffs, but what are some good firms that are less grade selective? Has anyone had really good success with lower grades?
On a different note, has anyone been able to crack a secondary market they only have weak ties to? Would awesome grades or LR make that move more viable? I'd really like to get into CA, but it seems like a combination of it just being a hard market plus my only real ties being an uncle that I've visited a few times means it would be plain stupid for me to waste any bids on CA firms/branches. My home market is rural midwest and I'm not looking to go back there. No IP degree either.
-Sick of the cold
You cannot consider California as one market. It has three what I'd consider major markets - San Francisco, SV, and Los Angeles. It also has smaller markets, such as OC and San Diego. In my experience, San Francisco cared significantly about ties. SV also did, but to a much lesser extent (and if you are IP, it doesn't matter). Los Angeles/OC, on the other hand, cared much less. Evidence going into OCI told me to expect that, and it was true - maybe a couple of firms asked me why LA/OC, and I felt they asked just to ask, rather than the Bay Area firms that were genuinely interested. I have no experience with SD, but I'd imagine ties are important.
The bigger issue would be your first problem (being below median). The Los Angeles office of some excellent firms come to OCI, and I'm sure someone below median has a shot. However, many of the L.A. firms are very grade snobby (Munger, Gibson, Irell, etc) where grades are important.