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Job Search / OCI lottery
« on: August 09, 2007, 08:48:15 AM »
so im confused as to how an OCI lottery really works.  my school does not explain what it is too well and im under the impression right now that for the initial interview the firm has no say on who it interviews.  but this strikes me as pretty incredulous.  if this is the case, is there still a screening interview AFTER this intitial "lottery" interview. 

anyone else have a school who does it like that and care to explain? i apologize for sounding ignorant.

Current Law Students / estimating class rank
« on: July 09, 2007, 08:40:19 AM »
some of the firms coming to OCI have specified on symplicity that they want such criteria as "top 10%" or "top 25%."  now, my school does not rank.  however, we do know our curve (between a B and a B+ - around a 3.2ish) and it does show the cut off for the top 10% for the first year class by each section.  Additionally for third year graduating student it lists the top 10%, top 25% and top 1/3. with this info, and knowing that the 3L GPA is much higher (huge difference in what is the top 10%), can i assume that if I'm .02 below the cut off for what would make a 3L the "top 25% of the class" that I can bid on firms with the top 25% requirement?

Current Law Students / basic questions/advice about OCI
« on: June 17, 2007, 05:49:47 PM »
so i just got all my grades and am trying to research what firms i want to bid on in the upcoming OCI bidding process.  while we can't view the firms until tuesday, the CDO website has a list of firms that came last year and i want to start doing my research. anyway, im just confused about while we can "research" the law firm, how do we know what their hiring criteria is? as in "do i have to be in top 5%/10%/25%" etc etc.  I go to a decent school (top 20) and since we only get a limited number of bids, how do i know what firms i have a shot at? my GPA was good (top quarter) but i dont want to waste my time if the firm wont bother with anyone not in the top 10%

so do i know what type of GPAs the firms are looking for? or should i just assume its all competitive and they all want the top 10%?

Current Law Students / do curves even matter?
« on: January 23, 2007, 07:11:17 PM »
i dont get it...

is there really a difference to employers between someone who gets a 3.1 on a 2.5 curve and someone who gets a 3.5 on a 3.2 curve?  i mean besides the latter might be a prestigous school? if they are both the same ranking in the class then what does it matter what the actual "number" is?

Job Search / small mistake on cover letter
« on: January 21, 2007, 02:07:43 PM »
i left out a comma in FIFTY cover letters i sent out. i am a moron.  how damaging do you think this is?? 

And please spare me "you're a big idiot you should have proof read."

Current Law Students / general question about transferring
« on: January 20, 2007, 12:36:39 AM »
I highly doubt I will do it, an di really cant put THAT Much weight on my grades right now b/c the way my law school works is we only get two this semester (crim and torts- both four credits) and a legal writing grade (one credit) so just going off of TWO classes to gauge my grades for this semester is unrealistic


i did pretty well..better then i expected..and I was wondering what type of GPA i would need to transfer to a top10.  I'm not sure I shoudl bother if I wil just get laughted at...  well atually pretty much only NYU or columbia (I'm looking to be back in NYC) I go to a pretty decent ranked T1 now (top 25) but i really want to be back in NY and would only do it for those above schools. 

and besides my LSAT/GPA from undergrad also considered? 

sorry if this has been asked many times before

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