« on: January 21, 2008, 10:13:29 AM »
This post is not meant to brag or anger people, just show people that it is POSSIBLE to land a good number of interviews your 1L year. I go to UT and was born and raised in Houston. Therefore, I applied ONLY to Houston firms and told them that because I fully intend to practice in Houston, I only applied to Houston firms. Before grades came out, I got 4 interviews and received two after they came out. Granted, I am fairly certain some of the Houston firms trot in a ton of 1L's just to reject them, but they are still interviews nonetheless. I was also told specifically by the recruiters that they loved the fact that I did not apply to any other city, because most firms fear 1L's are just trying to get any job they can get. I know this seemed like a risky strategy, only applying to 13 firms, but I figured if my grades checked out, I would get the interviews in Houston; if not, I wouldn't get them in another random market to which I have no connection. I know this runs counter to the preconceived notions that it is better to send out 1000 resumes your 1L year and just try to get lucky, but if you think about it, it makes sense. From a firm's perspective, if you have no tie to the city and do not strongly indicate a legitimate reason you will end up there, you are most likely out. So then, if it is between a candidate who said he only applied to Houston and is for sure going to end pu there, or one who just might be from Houston, who do you think they are going to select? This is all just my two cents and I obviously have a very limited sample size (myself). Again, though, I must reiterate that each interview explained how important it was that I noted that I am for sure going to end up in Houston.