Any rising 3Ls have info about the job fairs that are administered by Duke/UVA/Georgetown? I'm interested in Chicago but it would definitely be an expensive trip. Just trying to figure out if it's worth it. And actually, whether any of these job fairs are worth it for (or even open to) your typical, not-at-all-diverse white guy.
Is the job fair for 2L's or 3L's? Are you a rising 2L or 3L? I didn't read the e-mail from OSC - sorry. Might depend on your grades also. If you're in a good position grade-wise, should be able to mass mail + OGI to get BigLaw. But I don't have any experience w/these fairs so I might not be the most helpful.
If this is in reference to the "OGI extension" program (which is what it sounds like), I attended the ones in Dallas and Houston last year and found them very helpful. It gets you in front of firms that won't be coming to OGI, gives you interview practice, and allows you to show serious interest in markets where you may not have established ties. I have no Texas ties, but last year I got two callbacks and an offer from this program that I in all likelihood would not have gotten merely from mass-mailing.
Yea, I think we're talking about the same thing (OGI extension). I don't have any ties to Chicago and unfortunately wasn't able to get a 1L job there, but I'm thinking of going anyway. Did you have a good reason for wanting to work in TX, or did the firms pretty much take your interest in TX as a given since you'd made the effort to fly out there?
I'm a rising 2L. And yea I guess we'll see about grades, I'm about top quarter right now but definitely not expecting or counting on that to hold up. Even if it does, definitely just want to maximize chances at a job any way I can. Just not sure if $500 or so for plane/hotel would be worth it with no real connections to Chicago.
I have good reasons for wanting to be there, but they're not unique--value proposition (salary vs. COL), weather, etc. I am much older than the average law student and married with kids, though, so I think that makes me more credible than a similarly situated K-JDer when I talk about wanting to put down roots. OTOH, my resume shows me working in five different states over the last decade, so I definitely got the "why Texas?" question in every interview.
As for the money, it's a drop in the bucket. If you end up with a NY/DC/Chi/LA/TX firm job next summer, you'll literally make more than that your first day on the job. The interview experience/confidence alone is probably worth the $500. You should try to get the most out of it, though. If there are firms in Chicago that interest you but will be at neither the OGI extension nor OGI, use this trip as an opportunity to connect with them as well. Plan to get there a couple of days early or leave a couple of days late. As soon as grades come out, mass-mail those firms and let them know that you'll be in town for a few days and would like to meet with them.