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Anonymous User wrote:Given that there are straight Ps on CLR, I think it's odd to presume that membership in CLR automatically makes one a good writer. I'm not saying it's impossible or that test performance is highly indicative of writing ability under normal circumstances. I just don't think one should jump to that conclusion.
Straight P, CLR member here. And making CLR does signify being a good writer. The CLR write-on and exams test two entirely different skill sets. Some people are better at formulating a thesis, weeding through large amounts of scholarship, and defending that thesis through a lengthy analytical essay. Others are better at quickly analyzing on their toes and identifying as many troublesome issues as possible. Both skills are useful as a lawyer - knowing how to come up with quick resolutions is key (exam skills), as is taking the time to analyze and write a highly developed piece (aka a brief) to help your client ultimately win (write-on skills).
Many interviewers have commented on my being a good writer b/c of CLR. And I know I am a good writer. I've written a 60 page thesis, been published, and received awards for my writing in the academic community.
Calm down with the CLR hate.
How have you explained your straight P transcript to legal employers? How do you keep them from thinking that you're talented but lazy - a thought that many will probably have in the back of their mind?
All Ps, not IP, CLR person here again....
I've never had to explain it in an interview. I've never been asked to explain my grades. I've been asked what my favorite class was, but that's about as close to a "grades" convo as I've had with anyone.
One person DID mention my grades, but it wasn't a question. A partner said "her grades aren't the best, no honors - but her resume's stellar, she's on law review, she has x, y, and z, etc." I think a whole package can sometimes take you far. If you have zero work experience and came straight from college, it might be harder to pull off. If you have a good work history with other factors (I'm really trying not to give too much away here), it might be easier. One callback partner told me that it is clear from my resume that I'm an overachiever who knows what she wants and gets it. Some firms don't equate Ps with laziness. Seek out those firms.