wsag826 wrote: beepboopbeep wrote: Canof09 wrote:
wsag826 wrote:Thanks for the heads up. I guess I should've said that I want to do political law so DC is really the market for me, but I don't know if that makes a difference.
I really want to do a federal clerkship immediately after law school, and then go to a DC firm, which is one of the reasons I would pick Chicago over UVA. I've read that UVA has great placement, but I've also heard that their clerkship #s are boosted because of the number of students matched to conservative judges (and I'm not conservative). Chicago seems to have excellent clerkship placement. Of course, because clerkships are so hard to get, I wanted to gauge how yall feel about DC placement. If the clerkship thing doesn't work out, I would have no problem staying in Chicago or doing NYC.
But all of this sounds very encouraging! Just excited to have these choices to begin with.
Don't assume the "conservative boost" thing isn't true here as well. A ridiculous
proportion of the "conservative" students here have clerkships lined up.
Yea, I was just going to say that. I mean other people definitely get them too, and get them in good places. But FedSoc has a big pipeline running through here.
Thanks to both of you. That definitely makes sense. I suppose I didn't really mean to say "conservative boost" but more so meant excluding clerkships with more ideologically conservative judges because I am not ideologically conservative.
One more Q for anyone willing to answer: do any of the "top" DC firms not recruit from Chicago? Or, for any of you who have gone through the OCI process and bid DC firms, do you feel like DC firms didn't take your applications/interviews as seriously because you were coming from Chicago and not a more regional school where they recruit heavily and/or east coast T14? Don't mean this in a negative way...just trying to cover all of my bases as I begin to make a very difficult decision.
Not to just keep answering these and saying the same thing, but no. The top ones definitely come here and give people serious looks. Some niche places don't -- Wiley Rein comes to mind -- but even then you get the Axinns and Ivins and HWGs of the world coming to OCI (though I think Ivins cancelled last year, because basically no one signed up?). I'm not sure what the callback rate for some smaller DC offices were, or even for some places like Crowell & Moring where I didn't hear of a lot of other people getting CBs - it may be that because of our later OCI and/or geographic distance, they don't have as many callback slots for us. That's certainly possible. It didn't feel like they weren't taking applications seriously so much as: a lot of the people targeting DC had super impressive credentials, so standing out was an uphill battle, and there just were not a ton of callbacks available overall.
Feel free to pm - targeted DC primarily at last year's OCI, will be spending half my 2L summer there.