Anonymous User wrote:T6, top 10-15% after 1L but with an ugly C in Crim. No bs'ing, had a migraine going into exam, took more than half the allotted time to just read through the fact pattern. Was not a fun morning. Two questions:
(1) I want to do litigation, preferably at a large firm. How much does the C in Crim hurt when the rest of the transcript says A/A-.
(2) How the hell do I explain the C? I feel like I'd be better off inventing a reason that I struggled with the exam (e.g. "I didn't prioritize my time on the exam well.") than to explain that I had a splitting headache. Am I correct in thinking that the truth will sound like whining nonsense?
(1) not much. once you're at the firm, you should be fine
(2) no really great answer. i think the overall GPA will leave you fine. if someone brings it up, you can say something like "it's unfortunate, obviously. it's clear in retrospect that i didn't budget my time correctly. i've spoken with my professor, and i understand why that turned out the way it did, but fortunately i did not have similar issues in my other classes, where i was able to blah blah..."