ResolutePear wrote:If I was hiring a lawyer, my frame of thought would be: How does this person run his life? On mediocrity or on perfection? Think about this; did the person 'just get by'? Or did he make the best possibility of the situation(law school)?
Why should I ask those questions? Well, it all boils down to two things: rainmaking and billable hours.
Why should I hire somebody interested in taking on cases, doing a mediocre job at it, and only for as long as he get the minimum amount of billable hours required? Your grades are by and far an extension of who you are in the eyes of any employer. In UG, did you ace all your LA classes but 'C' your way through the technical classes? Chances are a patent law firm isn't going to be a good fit for you, etc. You can see where I'm going with this I hope.
Umm, I don't think this is the only criteria they use, for example both work product and rainmaking isn't just based on "hard work" and "trying to do your best."
For example Einstein came up with the most groundbreaking discoveries of the past century while daydreaming at his patent office job and reaching out with clients/ rainmaking might involve a lot of interpersonal skills that aren't the forte of people who excel in technical classes.