Anonymous User wrote: 3.3x, targeting only Chicago (I know, I know), any insight? I tried to mix some lower gpa firms with firms I thought would go fast in my top 10 which might be stupid. Criticism greatly appreciated.
Quarles & Brady
Vedder Price Kaufman & Kammholz
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Kirkland & Ellis
Faegre Baker Daniels
Chapman & Cutler
Barack Ferrazzano Kirshbaum & Nagleberg
McDermott Will & Emery
Pircher Nichols & Meeks
Ropes & Grey
Taft Stettinus & Hollister
Baker & McKenzie
Nicholaides Fink Thorpe Michaelides Sullivan
Locke Lorde Bissel & Liddel
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Jenner & Block
Morgan Lewis & Blockius
Winston & Strawn
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Holland & Knight LLP
remove barrack and eimer entirely,or put them at the very end, even after kirk/sid/mayer -add skadden as a firm to put above those 2, for good measure- (see below for my comments on those). I would think about moving dechert up to spot #1 - they have multiple office interviews so you'll need to bid high. They are also looking to expand their chicago office & have a median that isnt out of control. move reed smith & drinker biddle higher too. get rid of mayer brown or stick it at the end - perhaps some of those spots don't get bid on and you can get it later on. A place like Mayer brown your marginal chances of getting the interview at around 15 arent that much better than at 39, plus they will be tough to swing with your GPA anyways. Same goes for kirkland/sidley.
baker & mck you should move down about 5
(edit: now that i think about it actually, baker is a solid target firm for you, dont move them down, sorry for the confusion) - youve got a couple of firms lower than belong higher. your focus should be on low medians, and class sizes that arent puny. yes, dechert's chicago class is only about 2 a year, but you've got a real shot there+it requires a really high bid so no sense putting it around 15.
and since you must stay in chicago, let me be the 100th person to tell you, as im sure you already are doing....MASSSSSSSSMAIL. every firm that has a law office in chicago, massmail them. also, have you considered milwaukee firms too? if this is doable for you and your family, may be another option to act upon.