green.tea wrote:So how does it work if you're open to NYC Big Law, but the preferred employment outcome is in a secondary market? Some firms may recruit at EIP, but not the offices you're targeting. Is OCS of any value or are you on your own?
You're not entirely on your own, but it's definitely more in your hands.
The biggest thing to remember's that the class sizes outside New York are just really small. There are many firms that take over 100 summers in New York, but in Los Angeles? I'd be surprised if it went above 30. The point of that's just that even if you get the screener, predicting results gets far more erratic because there are just more people competing for less spots.
I wouldn't necessarily agree that you need Stone to bid outside New York. But you should be much more careful - if your grades are low, don't bid on markets you don't have strong ties to. Don't bid DC (barring significant other factors - like if you really wanted to do telecom regulatory, and you'd worked in that industry for years before law school, and had done your 1L summer in something relevant, or if you can speak a few languages fluently and that ties into some niche field, etc.). Are you bidding on San Diego? Then be from San Diego or have a very sincere, articulable reason for wanting to go there.