Anonymous User wrote:Looks like I will also miss Stone and end up around a B+ average. I have strong work experience (think top IBD or MBB consulting), strong leadership experiences (for whatever that is worth) and have proven to be a strong interviewer in the past. Should I bid on some top firms (particularly interested in DPW, STB, Weil, K&E, and GDC) and hope that these "softs" get me through the door or should I be more conservative? I absolutely do not want to be shut out due to reckless bidding but I also do not want to be wondering "what if" (yes I realize that this is everyone's dilemma). Am I being foolish in thinking that things other than grades matter?
You should figure out which top firms really care about grades and which top firms care less, and bid accordingly. For instance, even with your other redeeming qualities, DPW and GDC probably will not take you if you miss stone, because they are very grade-conscious. They are probably not worth bidding on. Weil, on the other hand, is probably the least selective V10, and often takes people with median-ish grades who also have other good qualities/experiences. You should bid on them K&E is more grade conscious than Weil, but also values work experience a lot, so you should throw a bid in for it also.
Your next question is probably how you find out which firms are grade selective or not. The answer is talk to rising 3Ls and career services - you should be able to figure it out.
Off the top of my head in the V20 (and speaking roughly - others may disagree):
-S&C, DPW, Wachtell, and GDC are very grade conscious (i.e., you pretty much have to be Stone or even significantly above)
-Debevoise, STB, Kirkland, Cleary, Paul Weiss and Cravath are pretty grade conscious, but probably not as much as the above (i.e., take mostly stone and above, but dip down to take some others on occasion)
-Skadden, Weil and Latham are not particularly grade conscious (i.e., often take non-stone people)