kapital98 wrote:Hastings seems to have many firms (~300 according to LSN) attend OCI. It seems like a lot of firms from NY and Texas, relative to other schools come to Hastings for OCI. Assuming you are in the top ~15% of your class, do you have an equal shot at the NYC firms compared to SF?
A better question: Is bidding for these firms worth it? Do decent biglaw firms come to Hastings and offer a comparable and realistic chance at employment?
I'm really interested in this.
Sadly, LSN is out of date. We have 134 total interviewers this fall. Many of these are from same firm. Like, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Sheppard Mullin, Orrick, etc. offering 2-3 different interviews for different California cities. Most of our interviewers are looking to hire Hastings students only for California jobs. There are some firms that allow us to list preferred cities out of several options — Jones Day, for example, offering up SF to Atlanta and many cities in between. There are some resume collections for NY firms. I don't see any Texas locations.
Hard to say what the GPA cutoff is for having an equal shot at NYC as you do SF. If I had to guess, I'd bet even the top-ranked student is more likely to get an offer for an SF office than for one in NYC.
And, yes, bidding for the firms is totally worth it. First, you don't get hired if you don't apply. Second, the OCI process is probably the easiest path to employment you could make up. It's not easy to be qualify for an OCI job, but if you qualify by virtue of top 25% or better/law review/etc., then you'd be stupid not to max out your bids. This is the ONLY system where the post-grad employers come to you. Upload a couple of documents, click "bid" and wait for the interviews to pile up.
There may be some strategy involved, like, say, don't use all 35 bids on 20-atty satellite offices to the detriment of bidding on 65-atty or 120-atty local firms who pay below market. But you MUST bid.