Sheffield wrote:The importance of bidding is understood ―securing a couple of reaches, highlighting firms that make sense and a few considered safe[r], gov’t, etc.
First, gov't? You bid on gov't instead of firms? That seems like a tactical error. Gov't jobs can be obtained outside of OCI if you don't convert your firm opportunities.
Also, it's not just about grades. It's about class size, interview slots, ties, etc. What region(s) were you bidding on?
Point: If median T-14 classmates were knocking down a half dozen callbacks and I am only at 2, I could assume my bidding strategy was greatly flawed. However, only a handful of classmates are piling up 4 or 5 callbacks (given the feedback from our forum and personal contacts). When I scroll through the OCI threads on Top Law School from highly ranked T-14 schools, the issue concerning the lack of callbacks is appartent. Of course it is possible that people (like myself) are temporarily in panic mode.
You're skipping a step here. In your OP you said you got 25 screening interviews (and, as mentioned, the boost when you mass mail). Going 2 out of 25 probably goes beyond bidding, or the lottery, or anything other than what happens in those interview rooms. Honestly, it seems hard to blame your school for that. Yet what you also said in your OP was:
To reiterate, giving up near full rides for 2 callbacks.
This makes me think you've got a flawed idea of how this works. You gave up a full ride for 25 first round interviews. What you do from there is up to you. The vast majority of students at the school you would have taken a full ride at wouldn't get that many interviews, probably less than half that. And if you're conversation rate was less than 10% to callbacks, well you may not have had any at another school.