beach_terror wrote:Does an upward in trend grades help at all in the initial interviewing process? Would it be a good talking point/something to highlight if possible?
Sure. It is always good to show a positive trend in grades. This makes for a good story to tell in the interview, especially if you start getting those behavioral questions we all so love asking now. . .
In a similar vein, I finished 1L year a bit below median (I'd estimate about 40th percentile) on account of two C+'s in the spring. I did much better as a 2L; I was top 5% for the year. Now I'm top 35% overall. I have three questions:
(1) Earlier you suggested that journals weren't a huge boost, but could make the difference between to otherwise-similarly situated applicants. Is the converse of this also true: lack of a journal isn't an auto-ding, but I could lose out to somebody with similar credentials and journal membership? (With my poor 1L grades, I didn't make any journal).
(2) I'll soon be embarking on the 3L job hunt. When I reach out to firms, how do I highlight my great 2L grades without sounding pompous? Or do I trust they will noticed from my transcript and Dean's List notation on my resume?
(3) Is the issue of how I went from getting C+'s to A's likely to arise in an interview? If so, how should I handle it? The truth is that my spouse and I were having money problems, which gave me a lot of stress. But that doesn't sound like it would play well in an interview.