AnonT2er wrote:And yes, I go to a T2. But when 5-10 students with worse academic credentials at your T2 all have as many or more offers than you do and at the same firms that you didn't get an offer at, and then you realize that everyone of these people was a woman, it just raises an eyebrow--and hence my question for OP.
This is reminding me of an LSAT question. TCR is (C) the male student didn't consider that a factor other than gender could account for the results, including random chance. Anyway the bottom line is that most entering classes are basically balanced gender wise so if more women get offers at your school then more men are getting offers at some other school.
Also I don't think anyone has mentioned that even at a T2 firms don't distinguish between top 2% and top 5% and probably not even within the top 10%....there is no reason to think that the top 2% person will make a better lawyer. In fact so far I have observed basically no correlation between grades and success in big law, at least in my firm at the junior level. At the CB stage, grades matter even less...trust me no interviewers or hiring committees are saying "well I really like her but she IS slightly less-credentialed..."
The last thing I will add is if you aren't happy with your firm, even after the summer, do 3L hiring (get an offer from 2L firm just in case). There seems to be a trend of some good firms being conservative in hiring 2Ls and then picking up some extra people as 3Ls.
On the topic of whether women make better lawyers, I will say that the worst junior associates I have worked with (the ones who drop the ball, just don't "get it," are sloppy, don't communicate, etc) have all been men. However there are plenty of good associates who are men and of course tons of partners who are men too.