Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I agree with the notion that this year firm's loosened the GPA requirements, allowing them to go deeper into the class and focus more on fit.
I got VERY lucky: (only) top 1/3, T20, secondary journal but got the exact V30 firm I wanted doing the best corporate work in their city.
Once I got into the CB stage and the focus was no longer my grades, my previous work experience sealed the deal since it helped with the "fit" component. But my grades did shut me out of many other cities and firms (DC and NYC were just too competitive). I am lucky that one decided to give me a shot and see who I was beyond the resume paper.
I had almost the exact same experience, and from what I am seeing this has been the trend at my school. Top 1/3 at a T30, 2nd journal, 2 v50 offers, waiting on 2 v30's. No URM or IP UG, but 3 years of work experience, which has been the topic of conversation in all of my interviews.
Perhaps law firms are finally realizing that when the business model includes laying off 90% of their recruits before they need to exercise more judgment or creative thought than an untrained orangutan, they don't need to worry about fighting for top talent to fill more than a small percentage of their SA vacancies.
If true, biglaw associate quality of life will likely start heading even further downhill as the students lose the few bargaining chips we've got.