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Job Search / Re: Chicago Firm Choice
« on: October 02, 2008, 04:46:27 PM »
I'm a bit surprised that no one has any thoughts. I know we're not talking Wachtell here, but if anyone has a good reason to say, go to Holland over Reed, I would be interested in knowing it. I think I get the reason for going to Winston over both, but am interested in others thoughts. Thanks. Also got offer from Perkins Coie Chicago. Any way to place them?

Job Search / Chicago Firm Choice
« on: September 18, 2008, 02:54:52 PM »
Hi, so I am wondering if anyone has any experience with any of these firms, working there or anecdotally. I am trying to choose between Reed Smith, Holland + Knight, and Winston & Strawn, all Chicago offices. I am leaning most towards Reed Smith based on the people I met there. I initially chose Reed and Holland because I know that I'll probably be moving to a different city where they both have offices and I thought that their relatively lower prestige in Chicago would be a good back door route into my preferred office in 3-4 years down the line. Winston seemed like a nice place, but I worry about the difficulty of laterally v. moving intrafirm, and I guess I just had the best "gut" response to Reed. Any have any thoughts? Any reasons to avoid any of these firms specifically?

Job Search / Re: Callbacks and the Writing Sample
« on: August 17, 2008, 08:21:48 PM »
I was hoping you would respond Yellow Brick. Ok, so tomorrow I'm going to tactfully switch these samples out. Two of the firms (Winston and Sidley) didn't even ask for them, so I hope I can catch them before them bother reading them. The others, well, I guess they are just lost chances, and I guess there is no point in kicking myself further about them. Thanks!

Job Search / Re: Callbacks and the Writing Sample
« on: August 17, 2008, 03:37:24 PM »
someone has to have some insight! I have to try to switch things out tomorrow if I'm going to, so I have to figure this out tonight.

Job Search / Callbacks and the Writing Sample
« on: August 16, 2008, 02:59:31 PM »

Hi, I've had a pretty good week so far at OCI. 8 interviews, 3 callbacks, 8 more to do next week. I re-read my writing sample I gave to these firms and it was really not very good and had one typo. I've found a much better sample to use for the firms next week, but should I try to substitute this new sample at the firms I have callbacks? Do they read the writing sample before making the callback decision or do they read it before/concurrent with the callback/offer stage? I really had some very good interviews with firms that didn't call back and was above their gpa medians, so I really think the sample took me out. Any advice?

Job Search / Minorities and Big Firms
« on: July 12, 2008, 06:40:56 AM »

Ok, I'm a minority (not asian) at NU with a 3.5. Does this mean that I have a good shot at the big Chicago outfits like Sidley and Kirkland even though my GPA is just ok?

Richard Sander's stuff on Elsblog seems to make me think that I should shoot for big firms over smaller boutiques because race preferences are more prevalent at the big firms. Any opinions?

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