Firms to target for 1L SA?

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Firms to target for 1L SA?

Post by lawschooladdict » Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:36 pm

I am attending a T19 this fall, so there is a potential to go outside of the market my school is located in. If my goal is a 1L SA and I have no preference for location. Is it worth targeting firms who hire a relatively large 1L SA class? Does anyone know some firms who do have an unusually large 1L SA program?

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Re: Firms to target for 1L SA?

Post by BlendedUnicorn » Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:12 am

I don't think there's a big firm in the country with a large 1L SA program that's not tied to SEO (which is amazing, look into it if you are a URM) or a similar diversity program. If you're not a URM, your best bet is probably local/regional firms in your market (so develop a preference). But if you're not talking about big law than there might not be the same sort of perks that come with being at a firm, so don't tie yourself to doing a firm SA.

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Re: Firms to target for 1L SA?

Post by wizzy » Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:31 am

Texas firms have large 1L SA programs, especially in Houston. Vinson & Elkins, Baker Botts, Fulbright, Bracewell, and Andrews Kurth each hire double digit 1L SAs every year.

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Re: Firms to target for 1L SA?

Post by BlendedUnicorn » Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:56 am

wizzy wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:31 am
Texas firms have large 1L SA programs, especially in Houston. Vinson & Elkins, Baker Botts, Fulbright, Bracewell, and Andrews Kurth each hire double digit 1L SAs every year.
good call, I'd forgotten about the fedsoc gold rush

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Re: Firms to target for 1L SA?

Post by waldorf » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:32 pm

Some of the non TX-based firms in Houston and Dallas also hire a decent chunk of 1Ls: Locke Lord, Akin Gump, Sidley, Jones Day. Pretty sure Latham and Kirkland still only hire 2Ls, but that may have changed since I applied.

Just look up all the firms in Houston and Dallas and check their NALP pages to see how many 1Ls they’ve hired in the past. Houston is less competitive than Dallas simply because they have more spots. I was willing to live in either city, so I basically applied to all of the Houston offices (because they’d hired more 1Ls in the past than their Dallas counterparts), but I applied to the Dallas offices of the firms that are bigger in Dallas than in Houston (and hire more 1Ls.. Haynes and Boone comes to mind) to maximize my chances.

Also, secondary markets often hire a couple 1Ls outside of diversity programs, but you need ties. Off of the top of my head, I can think of people from my law school who summered as 1Ls in Columbus, St. Louis, and Minneapolis. They all had strong ties to the area, though.

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Re: Firms to target for 1L SA?

Post by Got_1L_SA » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:34 pm

BlendedUnicorn wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 1:56 am
wizzy wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:31 am
Texas firms have large 1L SA programs, especially in Houston. Vinson & Elkins, Baker Botts, Fulbright, Bracewell, and Andrews Kurth each hire double digit 1L SAs every year.
good call, I'd forgotten about the fedsoc gold rush
You dont need to be in FedSoc to get those gigs, these aren't early clerkships. Most of those positions also go to diversity programs. To OP, if you are interested in a 1L SA, the number 1 thing you can do is focus on grades first semester. I applied like a mofo to firms where I'm from (which isn't exactly a great legal market but I felt a T6 school along with a local address might open doors), and where my school was, and random places across the country, got nothing. Got my grades back and found out I had a very high GPA first semester and heard back from 2 V10 firms within a day of applying. (I am not a URM by the way).

Most of the people I know with 1L SA jobs, that were not diversity hires, were in the top 10% of the class or had worked at the firm previously as a paralegal. I would say of the people with top grades, the majority either was working at a firm, or could have worked at a firm had they not previously accepted a job with a judge/government prior to grades coming out. Grades are 100% the thing to focus on.

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