cookiejar1 wrote:Ties are only relevant to the extent that it helps you genuinely convey your desire and intention to live in Chicago and not be an immediate flight risk and/or not be someone who will force the firm to hold their offer open for three weeks only for them to lose you to a NYC firm. I interviewed in Chicago successfully without any ties whatsoever.
Re: lit . . . we have no idea what the legal market is going to look like down the road. Litigation may have been flat during our cycle but there's little point in trying to divine how firms during the Summer of 2016 will project the legal market in Fall 2018 to be.
Yes, people should "not try to divine" a firm or markets needs, but they should definitely try to figure it out by asking contacts and looking at firm matters/financials. If you had a 3.6 with no ties and tried to get into chi lit, you had a bad time (this is secondhand. I didn't bid Chicago, any anon who wants to confirm please go ahead, or just look at last years oci thread).
not be the same this year, but it's worth doing research and asking networking contacts to found out.