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Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:30 am

I know that law firms care about your law school grades. And I know that they ask for law school transcripts. But do they care about undergraduate performance? Do they ask for a copy of your undergraduate grades. Let's say there was a student who did stellar on the LSAT but had a low 3.1 undergraduate GPA. However, that student got excellent marks in a decent law school. Would law firms care about their undergraduate performance? Also, let's say that the student took 5 years off after graduating from college.

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby awesomepossum » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:33 am

the only situation where I know that firms care are in the case of IP boutique firms.

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 10:45 am

awesomepossum wrote:the only situation where I know that firms care are in the case of IP boutique firms.


While I would generally agree with this, more and more law firms (that I have seen) request an unofficial undergraduate transcript.

However they do not share how your undergrad transcript would affect your job opportunity with the firm (especially if you have less than top notch law school grades).

The only reason they are doing this is because they can be as selective as they want to be now (economy issues).

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby awesomepossum » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:01 am

Aberzombie1892 wrote:
awesomepossum wrote:the only situation where I know that firms care are in the case of IP boutique firms.


While I would generally agree with this, more and more law firms (that I have seen) request an unofficial undergraduate transcript.

However they do not share how your undergrad transcript would affect your job opportunity with the firm (especially if you have less than top notch law school grades).

The only reason they are doing this is because they can be as selective as they want to be now (economy issues).



I did screening interviews at probably 35 V50 firms did 10 callbacks and had offers from 9. None of them asked for an undergraduate transcript of any kind. What sort of firms asked for an undergraduate transcript that you know of?

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby chadwick218 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:04 am

I have casually talked with the recruiting manager at a lower ranked V100 ... she indicated that although undergraduate grades generally do not matter a great deal, if they are faced with a candidate with median grades at a T14, but graduated magna or summa from undergrad, they still may be given strong consideration.

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:08 am

awesomepossum wrote:
Aberzombie1892 wrote:
awesomepossum wrote:the only situation where I know that firms care are in the case of IP boutique firms.


While I would generally agree with this, more and more law firms (that I have seen) request an unofficial undergraduate transcript.

However they do not share how your undergrad transcript would affect your job opportunity with the firm (especially if you have less than top notch law school grades).

The only reason they are doing this is because they can be as selective as they want to be now (economy issues).



I did screening interviews at probably 35 V50 firms did 10 callbacks and had offers from 9. None of them asked for an undergraduate transcript of any kind. What sort of firms asked for an undergraduate transcript that you know of?


I guess I should have been more clear.

I meant for my 1L summer.

I really haven't checked further than that at this point -

It may just be a southern tradition (TX, LA, MS, etc).

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:11 am

1L here. I was asked by a recruiting person to bring a UG transcript to an interview over break. I brought it but nobody asked me for it at the interview itself so I just kept it.

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby chadwick218 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:18 am

I have an interview of Monday and was asked to bring transcripts from any degree granting institution.

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby Georgiana » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:07 pm

awesomepossum wrote:the only situation where I know that firms care are in the case of IP boutique firms.

For OCI: The quoted and Cravath or Wachtell (I don't remember which one, leaning toward Cravath).

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby thesealocust » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:08 pm

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby PoliticalJunkie » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:10 pm

awesomepossum wrote:I did screening interviews at probably 35 V50 firms did 10 callbacks and had offers from 9. None of them asked for an undergraduate transcript of any kind. What sort of firms asked for an undergraduate transcript that you know of?


Can''t compare V50 firms with others. Folks going after those jobs are at top law schools and likely got good undergrad grades in the first place so the point is moot.

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Re: Law Firms and Undergraduate Grades

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jan 09, 2010 6:28 pm

awesomepossum wrote:the only situation where I know that firms care are in the case of IP boutique firms.

TITCR. I had dreadful undergrad grades (sub 3.0) but still went 26/29 on screeners (virtually all V50 and mostly V20), and 8/10 on the callbacks I did (all DC), including an offer from W&C. None of the firms asked for or cared about undergrad grades. They simply are not a factor for 2L SA hiring.




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