Dr. Filth wrote:The Legal Employment series thing is supposed to be that I think, LRGhost, but iirc they were just like if you are at median mass mail. If you are top 25% you're good for any Chicago firm. And between median and top 25% you're good for everywhere except like Kirkland, Sidley, Jenner type firms. Sort of reductive, but they didn't seem to have the urgency that TLS does.
So lol at that. I'm going to stick with TLS.
As someone who knows many people between median and top 25% you're not necessarily good for anywhere
in Chicago. You've definitely got a fair shot at most Chicago firms, but there are plenty of people in that range who didn't get any Chicago offers who wanted them.
I'm not sure what GPA is considered top 25%, but lol at thinking you are "good" at Chicago firms with that, never mind between 25% and median. I think you can say that it is worth taking the time to interview
with Chicago firms with those GPA ranges, but you certainly aren't guaranteed anything, and you shouldn't be complacent when it comes to also bidding NY or mass mailing.
I just noticed that I was scooped by DF on the above, but I'll add that ties are really important. Regardless of your GPA, if you don't have a good reason for wanting to be in Chicago you probably won't do too well. And I've also found that generally where people do have strong ties to somewhere or to a practice area they can punch above their GPA.
So what is the most conservative way to bid? I know y'all have said there are no "safeties"
Is it just bid the firms with the biggest class size that are within your grade range according to CSO?
Is that what they told you?
You should bid firms you want to work at in cities you want to live in, as long as your GPA is a rational choice for those offices. Those are going to be your best interviews. If you don't want to work at a 1000 person firm then look at smaller ones. If you want to work at an IP boutique or a tax boutique then bid those (but really, you can pick up most of the boutiques without bidding them very high or even at all). You can game the system a bit by ranking DC/CA firms below Chicago and NY firms, but as a first cut you should be narrowing it down to offices that you are actually interested in rather than just bidding on the biggest firms (many of which are very grade selective). Other people in this thread have posted a lot about bidding strategy, but it really comes down to GPA selectiveness vs. number of interview slots. Firms with low GPA medians and a limited number of slots relative to class size will generally need to be bid very high.
And you should also apply to firms you don't want to work at in cities you don't want to live in cause shit happens.