5ky wrote:To be honest, I think pushing a handful of the worst exams from B- to C+ and correspondingly giving a couple more A-s instead of B+s is a net benefit in terms of students getting biglaw from UVA. A student in that mushy slightly above median area will be helped quite a bit more than the bottom 10% student.
Lol you're definitely a UVA law student. NO one NEEDS an A+ and B-s and below can make a person unemployable. There's a reason why Boalt,NYU, Penn etc. have the system they do. Yes less people end up in a position to get appellate clerkships etc. but less people end up completely unemployed as well. To be quite honest, I think that it partially explains why we are slightly behind those schools in the nlj with a higher amount of people in the "other" section on the nlj chart.
Yeah not prescribing the proportion of each grade (5% As, 20% A-s, 30% B+s, etc) sucks for everyone besides the top students who don't need the help anyway. In almost all the 1L classes I was in, the professors told me they would've awarded more As if they could have. You know at UVA a significant proportion of the class is going to write kick-ass exams and the professors will be tempted to give them all As, balancing that out with a healthy # of B-s even if the people in the B- range did a good job.
Some firms have rules like no B-s, which isn't a big problem for most schools where 4-6% of each class gets a B- and maybe 10% of the class has at least one on their transcripts. At UVA, that proportion could be much higher. Plus the distribution of A/A-/B+/B/B- is not standard across sections, so it is kind of unfair to compare GPAs across sections.
UVA is high-risk, high-reward, especially when you remember they are also the only T14 with partial preselect for OCI.
OP, you already know this, but you should definitely wait until all your offers are in before you make any decisions. At the very least, if you are expecting acceptances to CCN and $$ from P, you can play that off UVA's offer to get more $$$ from UVA. Even though UVA is risky, you would be insulated bc you have ties to the South, so you aren't stuck trying your luck in NYC if you end up below median (in contrast, below median at P has a good shot at NYC big law). In choosing between CCN and UVA with $$$, I think the question would be whether you prefer a much increased chance at a high-paying job with big debt or whether you prefer a lower chance at the high-paying job but much lower debt. Personally I would probably take Penn with $$$ but I am not sure about getting back to the South with Penn. Is HYS a possibility?