From what I've read, most biglaw firms hire paralegals in the late winter into spring to begin in the summer. I've had a change of plans and am now moving to NYC in August (from somewhere in the Southeast) and am looking for paralegal work in New York.
Any tips on which firms hire paralegals later or hire continuously/as needed? I don't care if I'm working for a V5 or V10, but I'd like to make good money and am willing to work the shit ton of overtime that biglaw paralegal jobs usually require.
Also, any input on what range of firms to target my apps to would be much appreciated. I really don't have a solid grasp of my chances, and I know that some firms basically only hire from the Ivies (and similar). I have a 4.0 in an honors program at a decent Southern public with lots of the typical campus/community leadership, research experience (policy/social sciences), etc.
There was a paralegal thread a while back that has some insights: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 4&t=183229
I think the general opinion is that the very top firms fill their paralegal ranks through on campus consortia at top undergrads but you can mass mail the rest of the biglaw firms with some success. If you've got the time, I think you should toss a letter at the top firms, anyway: It doesn't hurt to try and it won't take too much time.