wsag826 wrote:Hey - wondering what current Chicago students think about placement in DC firms? I've read that DC placement is much harder than Chicago and NYC, but I still would like to work in DC out of law school and wanted to know what you think. Particularly in comparison to a school like UVA.
Additionally, if anyone could shed any light on how they feel about clerkship placement from Chicago, I'd love to hear what you think.
It's very hard here, but it's very hard everywhere. Nothing is out of reach - we get people into W&C/Covington/etc every year. Just keep in mind that the summer classes and offices in DC are fairly small compared to NYC, and the top students from every school everywhere are trying to get there.
For some purely anecdotal numbers: I was K&E (top 5%) and didn't even get callbacks at 2/3rds of the DC firms I did screeners with. Did well in every other market so I don't think it was just me sucking (though I certainly don't rule that out as a possibility). Ended up with an offer from one of the places I most wanted to go to, luckily, but just got butchered there overall.
Honestly, if DC is where you're absolutely sure you want to work, I think I'd take one of the DC schools with $$$ over here with not much money (if that's the situation. Maybe even if the money's similar? depends on strength of preference for DC). People get to DC from UofC, but at least in our class it's primarily been people with great grades. I dunno, that's just my experience as a 2L. If upperclassmen/alums know of people who swapped to DC firms after doing gov honors or clerkships or whatever, that might extend the range a little bit. But those things also require good grades, so I'm not sure it's any less of a crapshoot.
I've also heard that last year, DC firms reached further down in the class than they did in our year. Pretty much all the K&Es from my year bid DC, so a lot of us got slaughtered. That's something that's going to vary a ton year-to-year. I'd imagine DC schools have more of a pipeline.
As for clerkships: people in our class seem to be killing it. I can't personally speak to it because I'm a lazy fuck who doesn't send out enough applications, but I've had mostly good experiences w/r/t stuff like professors going to bat for you, OCS giving at least facially-decent advice, etc. Again, nothing's really out of reach.