ajax adonis wrote:How closely do you look at the transcript? Do you hold it against a candidate if he took what you perceive to be "fluff" classes? Or do you just usually look at GPA?
Depends on the person and the school. If I'm iffy on the person I may glance at the transcript to compare "core" classes vs. fluff (I do this moreso at schools where second semester is chock full of electives, obviously). Not sure whether others also do so.
Along these lines, what about taking fewer credits than usual first semester 2L year? Most of the courses I was interested in for this upcoming semester were high credit courses so I was contemplating taking 3 instead of 4 to take the pressure off when combined with the job search (one of my target markets is on the other side of the country from where I go to school). I would only be 1-1.5 credits lower than the recommended amount per semester, but if I took 4 classes like most people do, I would be about 3 credits over.
Would it make me look lazy/bad at a screener? Especially if I got back on track the next semester? Also the classes wouldn't be fluff classes (think Corporations, Income Taxation, Copyright/Trademarks).
Alternatively I could just sign up for the 4th class and drop it after I accept an offer if things get too intense...