OperaAttorney wrote:Esc wrote:When there are comparatively minor differences in GPA between two candidates, such as in your example, I'm sure you are right. The guy with connections wins. I doubt that holds true when the GPA difference is larger, IE I think a top 20% candidate w/o connections will still beat a median candidate with connections.
O well. We'll just have to wait and see.
Maybe yes. Maybe no.
I think a lot of it has to do with how much extra effort a firm/hiring partner is willing to expend to hire you. I was looking for a job in the legal field (i.e. file clerk) in the 9 months I took off between UG and law school and I got nothing when just applying at various firms. I eventually found a good position through my dad's attorney friend, who was willing to put in a good word for me. But I also think that this attorney would not have been so eager to recommend me if I had had less than stellar grades/experience. So I think that you can be successful regardless, but it doesn't hurt to milk every opportunity for what it's worth. Just my two cents.