Anonymous User wrote:Hi everyone!,
Just found this forum. So, I have a few questions/concerns. I appreciate honesty.
Background going into my questions: T20 law school, doing a joint degree, just finished year 2/4, first semester grades were terrible because I had no idea what I was doing, second semester improved by .9...yeah big jump...During my second year, I took classes predominately in my other joint degree, but took a few law classes and did really well with them. Even though the email with instructions said that if you didn't include a GPA that firms would look negatively upon it and assume you had bad grades, I did not include my gpa because I didn't have all of my second year law grades yet and I knew I did better (and at this point, any grade I get now in law school will bring my overall GPA up because it was very low my first semester.) I figured they would probably ding me by seeing the overall GPA, but if they took a chance on me without the GPA and then saw my significant trend in improving when I bring my transcript along, I would have a better chance.
Additional info: Already passed the patent bar before law school, having been working at a patent prosecution firm at a clerk for the past year (drafting patent applications, writing office responses, working on copyright and trademark opinions), had a stellar undergrad GPA (above 3.9)
I used all my 32 bids. Of those, so far these are my results:
Not Invited: 2
1. Was I supposed to not use all of my bids? If I used them all, am I not allowed to bid in OCI? I started reading this thread and started to panic because from what I gathered, it seems that you only get 32 bids for both the loyola program and OCI? Is this deduction right? If so, definitely did not know that!
2. Follow up, should I worry now that I used all of my bids or do you think I made the right choice by accident?
3. Is this normal to receive all these bids without a GPA on the resume? Do you think they looked beyond my "no GPA as a bad GPA," and instead focused on my work experience?
4. Did any one else not include a GPA?
Thanks in advance guys! Again, I appreciate your honesty (in a nice way).
1) You are supposed to use all your bids. It has no connection to your school OCI at all. You'll have full ability to bid there.
2) See above
3) Depends on the firms I guess, but your patent clerk experience will help a lot. I bet you have call backs at prosecution firms mostly? I bet it'll harm you at the GP firms that do mostly litigation.
4) I didn't include undergrad GPA
You might have fucked up not including your GPA because it seems like it was pretty good after 3 semesters, even if one sucked.