OakBrook2021 wrote:Any perspective on how hard it is to get biglaw in a secondary market with strong ties (i.e. originally from there, family lives there, etc.)? Is it doable with median grades? Think Atlanta/Miami/Houston
Generically: very doable.
Depending on the market, the advice varies a little bit. But placing in secondary markets with strong ties is doable if you sell yourself in that market well. This depends on the size of the market, your connection to the market, and how well you sell that connection in that market. Some will be hyper ties sensitive, to the point that you won't get a screener if you didn't go to high school in the area. Others will read your materials, see a connection to the market, and hope they can diversify their SA ranks by bringing in a UVA grad. It entirely depends on the firm and how well you sell yourself and your connections to that market.
Overarching advice is that you can get desirable employment in ATL/MIA/HOU with the right ties, and it won't be particularly hard. If your ties are relatively weak, and you aren't an otherwise strong applicant, then you might struggle in any of those markets. But that's all just a really broad brush approach to thinking about what you're really asking.
If you're median and have those ties to a southern market, you can/will get Biglaw in that market (absent some serious deficiency like sucking in interviews or having other red flags).