Thanks. I wonder if the firms ever look at our resumes, or have a say in any final decisions
If selected, the firm you're at will get it. There is always the SEO rumor that firms have a hand at selecting which SEOs get placed at which firms, but every recruiter/diversity coordinator I've heard of vehemently denies this. I can tell you 100% that they don't have a say in any final decisions about admission into the SEO program--that's 100% SEO.
At the end of the summer, everyone re-does their resumes during a session and a resume book is created and sent to the firms.
ETA: I know this because a welcome email was sent to all attorneys at the firm my first day with my key points from my resume extracted. Kind of embarrassing. The diversity coordinator affirmed my speculation at a subsequent lunch conversation.
why was this embarrassing? maybe I'm understanding you wrong - did they extract the 'key points' as in your resume's strengths, or did they point out the flaws?
Because my firm basically sent my resume to each and every attorney in the entire biglaw firm without expressly notifying my in advanced. I had random secretaries and partners stopping me and asking me about stuff and I thought it was weird, until I realized what had happened.
Wasn't embarrassing as in I felt like shit, more like bashful, INCREDIBLY THANKFUL, and a bit weirded out that everyone knew my story before I had a chance to introduce myself. Just didn't expect to have my resume shared with everyone without me knowing in advanced to change wording/edit/add new stuff. So let this be a lesson, make sure the resume you submit to SEO (after you've been accepted), is the resume you're comfortable with every Big Law attorney potentially reading.
ETA: I think the awesomeness of the program, is that something like this (having my resume shared with hiring/managing partners, associates, secretaries (the key to success at a law firm), potential interviewers in the entire firm) is even possible for someone like me and where I'm from.