Here are the rules and some tips from last year:
I. Anonymous Handles
We all want to maintain some privacy during this process. That said, it is also nice to keep track of who is saying what. I recommend that everyone pick a handle with which to sign her anonymous posts (although you obviously don’t have to) so that we can keep track of one another.
Anonymous User wrote:WhiskeynCoke wrote:postard wrote:Again, these are pretty much hand waving generalizations given lack/volatility of data.
For Top 20% probably 3 HHs and 4 Hs, for top 1/3 somewhat less stellar grades. With 7 grades, dumb luck would probably get you an H to be around median.
A broader note: Our actual rankings (for Order of the Coif / clerkships / academia etc.) are calculated using weighted GPA, and for that it matters what class you got the grades in credit wise.
No, this is way off. Though it depends on the number of credits in each class, 3 HHs and 4Hs would be more like top 5%. I know for a fact that 2 HHs, 4Hs, and 1P is top 10% after 1L (P not WOA). I know this because as a 2L the registrar will tell you your approximate class rank for clerkship application purposes.
I've commonly heard that a 3.0 on the order of the coif scale (HH = 5, H = 3, P = 2) after 1L is roughly top 25%. That's an H average.
Given the above, and excluding WOA, that roughly works out to:
8Hs = Top 10%
6Hs = Top 25%
5Hs = Top 33%
3-4Hs = Median
2Hs = Bottom 33%
Straight P = Bottom 25%
The basics of bidlist stuff should be straightforward even if you’re not Socrates: if you think other people are more likely to bid on a firm, you should bid it high. Firms that are less grade-selective or that have fewer interview spots are more competitive, so you should probably rank them higher. Don’t rank a firm high just because you want it, but if you really want a particular firm it might be good to rank it high for your peace of mind. The EIP Failed Bid Report helps with this, although relying too heavily on it could be a mistake (or so I've heard). Finally, spreading bids out between multiple markets increases the risk of striking out, especially if you don't have strong ties to those markets. We’ve all seen the data: there are just more jobs in New York, so NY is a solid backup for folks who are trying to head to California, Chicago, DC, etc.
Once we’re at least part-way through the first rings of interviewing hell, people will get callbacks. In past years, people would post the firm name and the initials of the person who interviewed them when they received a callback so that people would know that callbacks had gone out.