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Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:22 pm

I'm wondering whether anyone can tell me about the reputations of upstate NY law firms Harter Secrest, Hodgson Russ, Phillips Lytle, and the smaller firm Connors. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby RSN » Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:45 pm

Not knowing anything else, I'd start here: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/usa/5/17820

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby freshwaterorleans » Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:00 am

Anybody know which firms are lockstep? I've heard Nixon and Harter. What about Barclay, Hancock, Phillips, Bond, etc.?

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:16 pm

Does anyone know if Hodgson Russ gave all 5 of their 2016 SAs offers this year?

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:40 pm

Reviving this thread for a quick question.

Does anyone know what type of GPA/ranking/law school rank is needed to get interest from this firm? I have loads of experience in the practice area they are looking for but I have no ties to upstate NY. They emailed asking for a transcript but I wasn't sure if this was just because I didnt submit it originally.

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby jawsjawsjaws » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:45 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Reviving this thread for a quick question.

Does anyone know what type of GPA/ranking/law school rank is needed to get interest from this firm? I have loads of experience in the practice area they are looking for but I have no ties to upstate NY. They emailed asking for a transcript but I wasn't sure if this was just because I didnt submit it originally.


They care a lot about ties

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:57 pm

jawsjawsjaws wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Reviving this thread for a quick question.

Does anyone know what type of GPA/ranking/law school rank is needed to get interest from this firm? I have loads of experience in the practice area they are looking for but I have no ties to upstate NY. They emailed asking for a transcript but I wasn't sure if this was just because I didnt submit it originally.


They care a lot about ties


Like, a lot. And not just to Upstate but to the specific city they are in. Western NY (Rochester, Buffalo) vs Central NY (Syracuse)...they are not all the same thing and lumping it all into "Upstate NY" will show a lack of ties quite clearly.

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:12 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
jawsjawsjaws wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Reviving this thread for a quick question.

Does anyone know what type of GPA/ranking/law school rank is needed to get interest from this firm? I have loads of experience in the practice area they are looking for but I have no ties to upstate NY. They emailed asking for a transcript but I wasn't sure if this was just because I didnt submit it originally.


They care a lot about ties


Like, a lot. And not just to Upstate but to the specific city they are in. Western NY (Rochester, Buffalo) vs Central NY (Syracuse)...they are not all the same thing and lumping it all into "Upstate NY" will show a lack of ties quite clearly.



Okay I get the point. Do you have any idea about GPA etc?

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:56 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
jawsjawsjaws wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Reviving this thread for a quick question.

Does anyone know what type of GPA/ranking/law school rank is needed to get interest from this firm? I have loads of experience in the practice area they are looking for but I have no ties to upstate NY. They emailed asking for a transcript but I wasn't sure if this was just because I didnt submit it originally.


They care a lot about ties


Like, a lot. And not just to Upstate but to the specific city they are in. Western NY (Rochester, Buffalo) vs Central NY (Syracuse)...they are not all the same thing and lumping it all into "Upstate NY" will show a lack of ties quite clearly.



Okay I get the point. Do you have any idea about GPA etc?


They want excellent grades...Why wouldn't that be true? They have their pick of the top of the class of the nearby schools. At the risk of getting another "okay I get the point", the people I know who got offers who weren't the tip top of the class had connections to the area and the firm.

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:26 pm

I was top of my class at a Upstate NY school, wanted to be in Upstate NY because family is in Canada and wanted to practice in the USA. Liked that it was a close drive over the border. Interviews at every big firm, 0 offers. Had some partners tell me straight up I lost to similar or inferior candidates because I wasn't born and raised in Buffalo/Albany/Syracuse etc.

I ended up getting a good firm job in the Capital District but I had to HUSTLE. Grades were not much of the equation in even getting my final job, but more experience/skills and networking.

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby jawsjawsjaws » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:48 pm

I didn't have good grades, and my only tie to the area was my undergrad. I think I got lucky though.

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:49 pm

jawsjawsjaws wrote:I didn't have good grades, and my only tie to the area was my undergrad. I think I got lucky though.



Mind sharing your grades/LS rank?

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby jawsjawsjaws » Tue Jan 24, 2017 11:51 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
jawsjawsjaws wrote:I didn't have good grades, and my only tie to the area was my undergrad. I think I got lucky though.



Mind sharing your grades/LS rank?


PM me

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Re: Upstate New York Law Firms?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:52 am

It's a crapshoot. For example, I was born and raised in Buffalo, attended all area schools all the way through law school. Got good grades in LS, and didn't receive an interview at a firm in a particular (smaller) department after sending in my materials. Two of my classmates, who received lower grades with ties not as strong to the area, are now employed as associates in that very department. Like me, they did not previously clerk there. It is one of the firms on OP's list.

Had a CB at Harter. Thought I nailed it, but no offer.

Connors is extremely difficult to get into unless you're politically connected or closely related to someone who's highly connected, in addition to very high grades. If you don't have strong area ties you're not getting in. I clerked for a firm in the same building as them and got to know a lot about them.



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