Anonymous User wrote:I was under the impression that offer usually comes in after the SA ends. So if you apply in mid July, wouldn't you be without an offer at that time?
Judging from your "1/3 grade"response, I am assuming you go to a top school, I actually go to a lower ranked school that doesn't offer 3L OCI, should I direct apply through mass mailing(technically not mass since it's going to be a couple top M&A firms), or should I go to my school's 2L OCI and drop off resumes to those firms. I am not sure how this process works for someone that goes to a lower ranked school.
1st Anon from Above - Yes, it comes in after the SA ends. But you won't include the fact that you have an offer in your resume or cover letter. They may ask in an interview and you will tell them one of: yes, no, or I haven't heard a final decision yet but my reviews were very strong and I have no reason to worry.
3L OCI isn't really a thing at most schools, at least not a significant thing. People are typically using the term to refer to mass mailing. So yes, just email cover letter/cover email and attach your resume and transcript to recruiting (I generally used the email address for "associate applications" rather than "summer associate applications"). Don't do 2L OCI but do apply for jobs you're interested in if CSO indicates the firm is accepting 3L apps for the OCI (CSM seems to interview 3Ls through the 2L OCI).
If I were in your shoes, I would mail all of the top M&A firms in NY. I think you'll regret it if you don't. They're largely fungible so if you're shooting for one you should be willing to take the others and that improves your odds significantly. Additionally, it makes you look like a more viable candidate to any one firm if you're interviewing with others. One, other firms are interested in you so you likely are smart / have good credentials. Also, you can say reasonably why you would rather be downtown vs midtown or or tell them a funny anecdote that they can relate to (you had to go by a naked cowboy to get into skadden or whatever). For instance, Kirkland (which I personally liked) will likely get an eyebrow raise at some places but you can smile about it and say you're interviewing at all the top firms but would love to be here because of X.