Anonymous User wrote:A word to the wise from a rising 3L. Bid DC with utmost caution. Unless you have very close ties or a 3.9+, it's going to be very difficult. I struck out in DC with a 3.86 (and wish I would have used some of my middle tier bids for NYC firms).
I want to balance this out. I don't think DC is impossible (i.e., someone with a 3.75+ should not be deterred from bidding DC) but I agree that it's definitely a tough market so be prepared going in.
Anonymous User wrote:
You risk not getting STB/S&C/CSM by bidding them that low. You have above a 4.0. You're extremely competitive. Are you a good interviewer? I'd drop all firms you wouldn't work at and just focus on guaranteeing your top 10 firms. As long as your interviewing doesn't hurt you you'll get whatever you want - you don't need to go hard on the safeties so early.
Same anon - how high do those 3 ny firms need to go to likely snag an interview? Which of the really big Chi firms do I have a chance at getting with a late bid or should I pick 2 or 3 and just bump them off entirely since they will all go high?
Katten without a high bid just not worth it at all based on what others said? Any others later on my list that are like that and put other ny firms instead? Want to mainly maximize chi interviews.
I don't blame you for trying to maximize your opportunities. You know that S&C/CSM are selective and you're trying to bid them low in order to maximize the # of interviews you get through OCI. I get that. But you're also at the top of your class. Don't worry about maximizing your opportunities (i.e., getting 20+ interviews). Worry about getting interviews with the firms that you want to interview with. The reason why we try to maximize bidlists is because OCI is sometimes a crapshoot. It, in all likelihood, will not be a crapshoot for you. Carefully think about the 15 firms that you really want and overbid them to guarantee that you get interviews with them. S&C/CSM are likely to drop to the 15-20+ range. Will probably be super safe at 14 and 15. Bid them 10 and 11.
If you want transactional in Chicago you NEED to interview with Kirkland. Put them at #1. Drop Baker entirely. Sidley #2 is good. Drop DLA entirely. Bump Skadden up to your top 5 bids. Latham should be up there too. Mayer Brown should round off the top. I think Winston, McDermott and Jenner are doable at 6, 7, 8 but someone else correct me if I'm wrong.
Also, carefully weigh your interview skills against your classmates. If you are middle of the pack or better then only having 15 interviews with selective firms as a top 5% Northwestern Law student will be okay. If you aren't as comfortable with your interviewing skills then be a little bit more risk adverse but remember you're at a good spot right now. Congrats on doing well.
Edited to add: Don't let your grades go to waste. Really, really prepare for your interviews. Practice! Get comfortable. Do your homework. Some firms are going to be skeptical about your interest. Demonstrate that you really want to work there. The best thing you can do right now is practice your interviewing, polish off your conversational skills, and learn more about the firms that you are really interested in. If you do this right then hardest part about OCI will be deciding between WLRK and Kirkland for you. Good luck.