BigZuck wrote:I will go ahead and ask for the sake of the new cycle/most up to date perspective:
How is Duke's placement in California? And how is its placement in Texas? I ask because the "most firms at OCI are New York firms" thing makes me wonder.
I wasn't targeting either of these markets, so my advice here is pretty limited. But, while the majority of OCI firms were NYC offices, there was still a healthy representation from other markets. California seemed to be represented pretty well. I know we had a bunch of Texas firms, too. (FWIW, one of my buddies is SAing in Texas this summer, and another is SAing in California - though he didn't get his position through OCI.) I believe Duke also sponsors an On-Tour interviewing program (basically a supplement to OCI) in one of the big Texas markets (I think Dallas?) and one of the big California markets (LA, if memory serves). I participated in the Chicago On-Tour program last year and found it very helpful, so I imagine its counterparts in TX and CA are pretty solid, too.
curious66 wrote:Wondering the same thing here. Any insight would be helpful. Also, what are the job prospect likes for a 1L summer job?
If you're asking about 1L biglaw, your chances are probably a little better than you'd think. Of course, luck plays into this as well. If you're from a secondary market that hires 1Ls (e.g. many Southern and Midwestern markets), you're in luck. It seems like we had a good bunch of 1L SAs, though I'd say the good majority were in secondary markets. (I actually received interview requests from just about every firm in my secondary market, but had already accepted a non-biglaw position elsewhere.) If you're gunning for a 1L SA in a major market, then you're going to have to crush those first semester grades and/or have some awesome connections.
Otherwise, 1L summer can be a great opportunity to try something different (PI, gov, judicial internships, etc.), before heading down the biglaw track.