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2L job search / Chicago Firm Choice
« on: September 18, 2008, 05:54:52 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?

2L job search / Callbacks and the Writing Sample
« on: August 16, 2008, 05:59:31 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?

2L job search / Minorities and Big Firms
« on: July 12, 2008, 09:40:56 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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