Top 12 Considerations for Law Students Interested in Pursuing New York Law Firm Opportunities

2. Law firms in New York tend to focus on law school graduates who were members and/or editors on their school's Law Review. Similarly, firms generally show greater interest in students who have participated in a moot court competition, especially for those interested in litigation positions. The same is true for federal judicial clerkships: at a minimum, firms like to see that prospective litigation associates have either spent a summer or a full term clerking for a judge (ideally a federal court judge).

3. New York law firms want to see that applicants are admitted to, or are awaiting admission to, the New York State bar. If you are at all considering practicing in New York, you should plan to sit for the New York bar. Keep in mind that most New York firms also work on matters based in New Jersey, so consider sitting for the multistate New York and New Jersey bar exam to increase your value to prospective employers.