JDeezy wrote:if goals are chicago transactional big law, and would take any chi firm over any othe firm:
At what grade range will you be comfortable that you'll get SOMETHING in Chicago. Solid ties.
Based on my OCI experience this past summer, I'm not sure you should feel comfortable getting Chicago BigLaw, no matter what your grades are. Obviously if you have LR-level grades, you are pretty much a lock, but there are just so many other variables with Chicago hiring, esp since the Chicago legal market is comparatively small/highly comptetive.
You can definitely get Chicago BigLaw even from the bottom of the class, and you can definitely strike out on Chicago even if you are well above median. The better your grades are, the better you should feel (mainly b/c the Chicago firms with the largest classes: Sidley, Kirkland, Mayer, etc) are also pretty grade selective. Then again, you can get CBs/offers from smaller firms with much lesser grades, but they also hire far fewer people.
I'm not sure if that helps, but I guess in general (as plenty of other people have said in this thread and in our OCI threads), its certainly fine to focus on Chicago, but unless you have LR grades, I wouldn't feel comfortable ONLY bidding/applying to Chicago firms.