I donít know about NYC, but I have worked at two local biglaw offices outside of the summer program. I also got a friend a job there when I left outside the summer program. For what itís worth I got permanent offers from both places. It happens, I also know a classmate who working for biglaw local office that got the job after taking a class taught by a partner at the firm. Be forewarned though, when you handpicked by someone at the firm the expectations of you will be higher. You wonít be given the type of leeway and fluff assignments summers get. You will be expected, or at least I was, to pull your own weight. The key to get an offer is knowing how the system works, make your partner and his senior associate look good, rather than worrying about yourself and you be very likable around the firm. Thatís the opposite of what summers need to do, they just need to survive long enough to finish without screwing anything up majorly.