Kronk wrote:BigZuck wrote:Kronk wrote:I know for a fact you can get BigLaw regardless of grades at Cal. Obviously the better your grades are the better your chances. But I know tons of people with BigLaw in CA with poor grades here. While Dr. "FGCU is a better basketball job than USC" Dre can say whatevs, nothing really replaces A.) the larger alumni network B.) the fact that more CA firms have receptions / give more attention / do more recruiting at Boalt C.) the people you will meet here will be better references for your work in CA D.) in most clinics here you will work directly with CA firms and attorneys.
They're peer schools. If Penn is slightly better at placing BigLaw attorneys, I think the better explanation is the wealth of east coast markets and the fact that the New York market is doing much better than most other cities. I doubt a single firm over here considers Penn a better school than Berkeley.
If grades don't matter why isn't employment closer to 100%? Poor interviewing skills? Never wanted to be a lawyer to begin with?
There is just a lot more that goes into hiring than people on TLS acknowledge. It's not like the top 55-60% of a class get BigLaw and the other 40-45% scramble. Some people in the top 20% get shut out. Some people in the bottom 20% get jobs. Some people at the median get shut out, some people get jobs.
I get that there are a lot of factors that goes into all this and there are no real hard and fast rules. Anyway I think it is borderline irresponsible to tell us ignorant and gullible 0Ls that big law can be had regardless of grades. Even if that is technically true in some instances I think that paints way too rosy of a picture for a school of Berkeley's caliber. And I think we should err on the side of conservative when hundreds of thousands of dollars and our financial future hangs in the balance.
Anyway OP, I think you should retake one last time on the off chance that an even better situation materializes. Or not. YOLO bro, do whatever makes you happy. I sincerely mean that.