golfer89 wrote:As for the transcript question, I think that for many PD offices, they're looking at it to make sure you've taken certain classes like evidence, crim pro, trial advocacy, etc.
Yeah, I have heard that the only grades they care about are your evidence and crim pro grades.
Transcripts are probably for the above reason, but can also be used to verify that you go to your law school and/or are in good standing. Asking for a transcript doesn't necessarily mean they care about what grades you actually got, but they will probably see them.
And right now I'm applying for an honors program that I'm totally not academically qualified to apply to either. My prof. also asked for my transcript for an LOR (I did well in that prof's class) but I otherwise have crap grades. I'm super embarassed/ashamed too. But you know what, like someone said above, you miss 100% of shots you don't take. Other things COULD make up for bad grades. In my experience, if you can snag an interview and rock it, that is the most important thing.
As an example, I did an externship with a Fed CoA. I didn't bother to apply for the clerkship because it was just way too out of my league. But the clerks later told me they were waiting and expecting me to apply and would have put my file at the top of the pile to recommend to the judge. I lost out on this chance because I simply gave in to my inferiority and didn't apply. Would I have gotten a clerkship? Probably not, but then again you never know what could happen in those types of circumstances. You can't control what other people will do or react to you, but you can control how you respond and feel. So get over the grades and APPLY!