Anonymous User wrote:Hi all,
Wondering if anyone could help me with my bid list. I'm interested in multiple fields but am aiming towards transactional. Currently, I'm looking at corporate or real estate. Definitely open to other areas. GPA is 3.425. (How worried should I be? I'm seeing so many high GPAs posted here...).
I think a lot of the advice you have already gotten is solid (so good job, crowd!), but I just wanted to offer my $0.02.
Thanks for your time
1. Morrison and Foerster (20 slots; GPA: High: 3.71; Low: 3.28; Avg. 3.58)
2. Proskauer Rose LLP (20 slots)
3. Latham and Watkins (18 slots; GPA: High: 3.88; Low: 3.45; Avg. 3.63) -- Definitely a reach, but Career Offices told me to move it up from 7...
4. Jones Day (40 slots; GPA: High: 3.88; Low: 3.24; Avg. 3.55)
5. Pillsbury (20 slots)
6. Greenberg (20 slots; GPA: High: 3.59; Low: 3.12; Avg. 3.32)
7. Fried Frank (40 slots; GPA: High: 3.78; Low: 3.35; Avg. 3.58)
8. Cahill Gordon (60 slots, GPA: High: 3.65; Low: 3.19; Avg. 3.44)
9. Chadbourne (20 slots; GPA: High: 3.76; Low: 3.48; Avg. 3.55)
10. Stroock & Stroock (20 slots; GPA: High: 3.39; Low: 3.15; Avg. 3.28)
11. Shearman & Sterling LLP (60 slots; GPA: High: 3.77; Low: 3.02; Avg. 3.48)
12. Seward (20 slots; GPA: High: 3.97; Low: 3.05; Avg. 3.49)
13. Akin Gump (40 slots; GPA: High: 3.73; Low: 3.57)
14. Davis Polk (60 slots; GPA: High: 4.01; Low: 3.24; Avg. 3.73)
15. Carter Ledyard and Milburn (20 slots; GPA: High: 3.25; Low: 3.21; Avg. 3.23)
As others have said, I do not like Latham that high. Move JD up to 3, followed by Cahill and Shearman. To be even more conservative, move Cahill and Shearman up to 3 and 4 and put JD below them because the former should be two of your prime targer firms. This is especially because you want corporate, and Cahill and Shearman are two of the better NY-centric corporate firms outside of the most elite firms. After these 3, I think Pillsbury and then Chadborne, because its very likely GT will be gone by then. Keep in mind that nationwide GT is very much known for real estate work, but you would have to bid them really high in order to guarantee getting them. Depending on how strong your interest in real estate is, you may consider swapping MoFo with them (as a sidenote, MoFo seems to be at the top of a lot of people's bidlists, and I'm curious why that is - did they do a reception or something this year?).
1. Paul Hastings (80 slots; Moderately grades oriented (Low: 3.29)
2. Goodwin Proctor (20 slots; Flexible)
3. Holland & Knight (20 slots; Moderately grades oriented)
4. Foley and Lardner LLP (20 slots; Flexible)
5. Paul Weiss (40 slots; Very grades-oriented)
6. Sidley Austin (20 slots; Moderately grades oriented (Low: 3.43))
7. Weil (40 slots; Moderately grades-oriented (Low: 3.24))
8. Alston and Bird (20 slots)
9. K & L (20 slots)
10. O’Melveny and [deleted] (20 slots)
11. Cadawalder (80 slots; Flexible GPA)
12. Wilkie Farr (40 slots; Moderately grades-oriented)
13. Baker Botts (20 slots)
Paul Weiss is not going to happen that low. I would put Cadwalader 5th, maybe 4th. I also would put PH 2 and put one of the 2-4 20 slot flexible firms at number one, to make sure you get an interview. PH does not generally sell out at number one (though Lavitz, correct me if it did your year). Weil also will not happen that low, I would put Willkie right after Cadwalader, followed by Sidley, followed by A&B and K&L (like you have here). Otherwise, this is a solid day 2.
1. Ropes & Gray (20 slots)
2. Cooley LLP (20 slots; Flexible)
3. Fox Rothschild (20 slots; Flexible)
4. Perkins Coie (20 slots)
5. Clifford Chance LLP (80 slots; moderately grades oriented)
6. Hunton & Williams (20 slots)
7. Haynes & Boone (20 slots)
Ropes is a waste here. I would put CC 1 or 2, and put one of the flexible firms like Fox Rothschild in whichever slot you do not put CC in.