exactly two weeks after the PLIP job fair, here’s what I am looking at:
11 interviews, 6 callbacks offers (for those of you who went to PLIP and are curious: they are, in the order of notification, WGM, OMM, K&E, DB, WFG and KS), 1 deferral (WH), 4 unknowns (presumed dings – presently I have no way to check snail mail sent to my dorm address, including two other K&E offices (understandable), Sonnenschein (hmm…) and F&L (??!!)).
—Edit 08/25/2006: F&L gave me a callback, so I am 7 for 11 at the PLIP.
Lesson learned: by the time you walk out of that 20 minute initial interview, you would have a pretty good sense of whether you’ve made it to the next round. My predictions are pretty accurate so far. It’s all about the “fit.” Unfortunately this is yet another rather random matchmaking process where you don’t get a second chance if the first impression is bad. And it goes both ways. Students who left the interview with a bad impression of the firm probably won’t bother with it again, and words travel fast in the small law school community. I still recall one anecdote from last year’s PLIP job fair, where two interviewers from a firm used the opening line of “so, let’s hear your sales pitch” or something to that effect on the poor interviewee, and I’ve learned to stay away from that firm.
Between classes, OCI and journal obligations, I probably won’t be able to go to most of these callbacks until early September. It’s going to be a lot of flying. Ann Arbor not being in or close to any of the major legal markets certainly does not help.