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3L Biglaw Hiring Timing

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:30 pm

This information is probably on here already so my apologies, but what is 3L biglaw firm hiring exactly like, especially in terms of timing? Fwiw, 2L with an SA lined up looking to change firm/city from smaller market to major market (one where my firm doesn't have an office) due to changes in personal circumstances. SA is scheduled to run into August and can't be changed, definitely overlaps my school's OCI. Insular market so hints that I'm trying to leave will certainly be viewed negatively. I'm happy with the position on the off chance I can't move and will be giving it my all this summer to get an offer obviously, but I don't want to forclose opportunities elsewhere. When should I start mass mailing, etc.?

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Re: 3L Biglaw Hiring Timing

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:33 pm

Anonymous User wrote:This information is probably on here already so my apologies, but what is 3L biglaw firm hiring exactly like, especially in terms of timing? Fwiw, 2L with an SA lined up looking to change firm/city from smaller market to major market (one where my firm doesn't have an office) due to changes in personal circumstances. SA is scheduled to run into August and can't be changed, definitely overlaps my school's OCI. Insular market so hints that I'm trying to leave will certainly be viewed negatively. I'm happy with the position on the off chance I can't move and will be giving it my all this summer to get an offer obviously, but I don't want to forclose opportunities elsewhere. When should I start mass mailing, etc.?


I know a few people who have gotten hired like this with success in the past couple years. Send your materials no later than mid-July. Assuming by "major market" you mean NYC, and also that you have good credentials/school, you'll have a decent shot. You may also have another thing going in your favor - firms SUBSTANTIALLY decreased their summer class intake for summer 2019, so assuming the economy keeps chugging along and deal flow is steady, it could increase your chances.

Which begs the question, corporate or lit? If the latter, forget about it.

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Re: 3L Biglaw Hiring Timing

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:47 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:This information is probably on here already so my apologies, but what is 3L biglaw firm hiring exactly like, especially in terms of timing? Fwiw, 2L with an SA lined up looking to change firm/city from smaller market to major market (one where my firm doesn't have an office) due to changes in personal circumstances. SA is scheduled to run into August and can't be changed, definitely overlaps my school's OCI. Insular market so hints that I'm trying to leave will certainly be viewed negatively. I'm happy with the position on the off chance I can't move and will be giving it my all this summer to get an offer obviously, but I don't want to forclose opportunities elsewhere. When should I start mass mailing, etc.?


I know a few people who have gotten hired like this with success in the past couple years. Send your materials no later than mid-July. Assuming by "major market" you mean NYC, and also that you have good credentials/school, you'll have a decent shot. You may also have another thing going in your favor - firms SUBSTANTIALLY decreased their summer class intake for summer 2019, so assuming the economy keeps chugging along and deal flow is steady, it could increase your chances.

Which begs the question, corporate or lit? If the latter, forget about it.

Thanks for the response! And yes, NYC is where I'll be applying. T14, the slightest bit on the good side of median, transactional. Biggest downside is that my current firm is virtually unheard of outside of my market so no real brand name recognition of a Vault firm.

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Re: 3L Biglaw Hiring Timing

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:38 pm

I'm in the exact same boat in terms of type of SA lined up for the summer and credentials except trying to land in DC. Would love to hear from more people who have successfully navigated this. Is there any risk to word getting back to your firm that you are trying to leave?

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Re: 3L Biglaw Hiring Timing

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:04 pm

Would love to hear more on this as well.



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