wert3813 wrote:DoubleChecks wrote:wert3813 wrote:hlsperson1111 wrote:I will say two things:
(1) NYC is by far the safest market to bid on, just because of the number of jobs and firms.
(2) In spite of that, I would not feel compelled to bid on NYC unless you are very risk averse or have solidly below median grades (IE 2 H's or less after 1L). Boston, Chicago, Houston, and LA firms still dip pretty deep into the class and give you enough firms with which to fill a balanced bid list. SF and DC are riskier but still hire tons of HLS grads and go deep into the class. Talk to OCS, look at old EIP spreadsheets, and then make the decision you think is right for you.
Ok. I just don't want NY. LA (where I have ties), CO (ties), South (ties), Boston (only ties is H), DC, Houston (no ties), or SF (no ties) are all fine. Do I need to worry about 3 H's or less?
Random comment. If you have strong ties to the south (like spent some time there), that is essentially treated as a tie to the Houston market for 2L SAs. Maybe not 1L SAs though. I know of a lot of 2Ls who got offers to Houston biglaw who have no family in TX, but were originally from Louisiana or Georgia, etc.
16 years plus UG in the state between LA and GA will get it done right?
Also did you see my other question for you?
For 2L SA, easily. Show genuine interest in TX and the Houston market, and play up the TX ego. Texans all think Texas is the best. Why Houston? "Well I grew up in LA and GA, spent 16 yrs plus in ___ UG and loved my time down here. Have some family, etc., and can see myself raising a family in the south or west. Houston stands out because it has such a strong legal economy and robust energy industry that other states like LA and GA currently just don't have. Houston's one of the major legal markets down in this region, so even though I've never spent time in TX, it just makes a lot of sense." I mean, you could go on about how Houston is a great city with a nice cultural scene, amazing restaurants and more Fortune 500 companies than any other city not named NYC...but that'd just sound contrived
I had friends who got cbs to Houston biglaw who had rather tenuous ties to TX. One spent a few yrs there in middle school, but had lived in NJ pretty much ever since. His parents were from there as well, and he went to ugrad there, etc.