jonjung710 wrote:hey guys im pretty interested in wustl (im still in undergrad). the school sounds pretty damn amazing!
now, i am aware that st. louis big law firms don't like to hire wustl grads because they think that they will just work for a couple years and get the hell out of stl. I've lived in the los angeles area since the third grade. I moved there from St. Louis, and I REALLY REALLY wanna go back. im sorry, but la sucks ASS. will it be hard for me to secure a big law job in stl because im a "flight-risk?"
kinda off topic, but ive been wondering this for a long time. since stl is a secondary legal market, what are the average starting salaries at big-law firms? and mid-law firms? How high in your class do you have to be in to secure a job in big-law and mid-law? thanks in advance guys!
The key to landing a job in St. Louis is to show interest early and let them know you really want to be in St. Louis. According to Dean Spivey, this is really not just a St. Louis thing... all firms are working on increasing retention to save money, and they want to know you are really committed to the firm for at least a few years.
I'm going to Wash U because St. Louis is my number 1 choice for market. I am going to really shoot for a 1L summer gig in St. Louis (paid firm if I can get it, or unpaid DA's office, PD, in-house... anything to show a committment to the area). When you go through OCI and send cover letters to firms as a 2L, really push the fact that you love St. Louis and you want to be here long term. Personally, I could see myself setting up roots in the city and staying there long term.