Anonymous User wrote:I understand that Bradley does the 1L thing mostly now, but how can 4.0 LR not get any nashville firm, like 10+ come to OCI, that just doesn't make any sense. There aren't that many people from "the area", unless you start counting MS, AL, GA, KY etc. Maybe you only really wanted BBS, Baker, Waller, Bradley?
previous butthurt anon who missed nashville here
It's such a crapshoot with the smaller firms that it's very easy to miss them. When a firm only takes one person, like Neal/Sherrard, etc., you can't expect it to be you. I bid all the Nashville firms. I got one callback, and it didn't turn into an offer. I had no trouble getting callbacks/offers in other markets, but Nashville firms just wouldn't bite. Not working in Nashville for 1L summer probably didn't help. My guess is that it's really because I didn't really have a good reason for wanting Nashville other than I really liked it and wanted to stay. I tried to play up healthcare, which I genuinely was interested in, but I was litigation-focused, so that might have hurt me depending on how the market is.
But the main takeaway is that Nashville firms will take people with lower GPAs if they have strong Nashville ties over people with really high grades and little or no ties. But they don't generally have to dip very far grade-wise. Look at the c/o 2016 recruitment handbook for all the people who got Nashville. Almost all of them list their home towns as Nashville, or at least somewhere in TN, or went to Vandy UG. The others probably have some other tie that isn't apparent on their resume, like family or a fiancee.
Not saying you can't beat the odds and get Nashville with a 3.9/LR without ties, but don't expect it to be easy.