2014 wrote:I think well over half of the PI folks are there by design. I know of a few who were unsuccessful with firms but given that I literally can think of less than 5 and information spreads really fast here, I would expect the total who tried and struck out isn't very far into the double digits. Several people opted out of OCI altogether. (I can think of 5ish off the top of my head, so again maybe double it to account for people I haven't heard of). There are certainly some who end up in PI not by choice though, but I would consider it a very small amount for a variety of reasons (PI orgs are competitive, they don't want to hire people who are poor interviewers/not committed to the cause any more than a firm does).
Yeah, a big +1 to everything 2014 says here. I'd just add that I think the biggest limiting factor for big law jobs here would just be poor bidding and an aversion to NY.