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Chances of biglaw? top 20% at t20 school (not t14)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:18 pm

My school averages to a 3.3 for all 1L courses. I scored a little above median first semester, and scored probably top 5% second semester. Taken together, my cumulative GPA is 3.58, and my school's top 10% is around 3.6x. I'm guessing that puts me in the top quarter of my class. Do I have any shot at a 2L biglaw job? I won't know if I made a journal until later in the summer, but we've already started bidding for some fall OCI events.

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Re: Chances of biglaw? top 20% at t20 school (not t14)

Postby KMaine » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:32 pm

So hard to know. I think it makes a difference whether you are at Vandy or GW (both good schools but Vandy places like a T-14, GW probably does not).

What is your question? Of course you should bid on Biglaw jobs. I am not sure what your OCI looks like, but take a chance on a couple of 160K gigs, and fill the rest with some safer bets. It may depend on your interviewing skills. It sounds like you are close to the top 20%. I don't think your grades will rule you out, but it could be a tight squeeze at some of the Top 20.

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Re: Chances of biglaw? top 20% at t20 school (not t14)

Postby 98234872348 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:36 pm

Anonymous User wrote:My school averages to a 3.3 for all 1L courses. I scored a little above median first semester, and scored probably top 5% second semester. Taken together, my cumulative GPA is 3.58, and my school's top 10% is around 3.6x. I'm guessing that puts me in the top quarter of my class. Do I have any shot at a 2L biglaw job? I won't know if I made a journal until later in the summer, but we've already started bidding for some fall OCI events.

I mean, sure, you have a shot, of course. In a better economy you would probably be guaranteed a job. In this economy, all you can do is work as hard as you can to learn about the firms you are interviewing with and make yourself sound like a good fit to any of them. All your grades do are get you the interview, you have the grades to do that. At this point you should be worrying about convincing firms that you are the right fit for them and that you'll make a great contribution to their firm.

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Re: Chances of biglaw? top 20% at t20 school (not t14)

Postby steve_nash » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:40 pm

Yes, you have a shot, but ITE, you're definitely not a lock by any means, even if you're at Vandy, for instance. Best to have a good back up plan in place. Good luck.

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Re: Chances of biglaw? top 20% at t20 school (not t14)

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:50 pm

Thanks. I guess I just wanted to know if I would be able to land any interviews. I was afraid that ITE I'd have to be top 10% to even get my foot in the door.

KMaine wrote:So hard to know. I think it makes a difference whether you are at Vandy or GW (both good schools but Vandy places like a T-14, GW probably does not).

What is your question? Of course you should bid on Biglaw jobs. I am not sure what your OCI looks like, but take a chance on a couple of 160K gigs, and fill the rest with some safer bets. It may depend on your interviewing skills. It sounds like you are close to the top 20%. I don't think your grades will rule you out, but it could be a tight squeeze at some of the Top 20.


I'm looking at west coast firms in LA and the bay area. My top 10 or so bids were all big name firms, and the rest I just kind of picked at random by location. Fortunately, this was for an early OCI session so I'll have another chance later on if I can't pick anything up this time around.

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Postby Anonymous User » Sat Jun 12, 2010 9:59 pm

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Re: Chances of biglaw? top 20% at t20 school (not t14)

Postby 98234872348 » Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:02 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
steve_nash wrote:Yes, you have a shot, but ITE, you're definitely not a lock by any means, even if you're at Vandy, for instance. Best to have a good back up plan in place. Good luck.

If you were at Vandy and Top 20% you'd have to be pretty awful in interviews not to get at least something that pays market.

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