Anonymous User wrote:OP here. Thanks for the comments thus far.
Just to clarify...most of you have been saying to focus on secondary markets, but my pre-law school ties are to a major market in an entirely different geographic area of the country. Is it worthwhile to try that market at all? And if not, is attending my MVPB considered a strong enough tie to a secondary market even without previous connections to this region?
(And please, only respond if you have actual advice based on solid knowledge.)
The thread did turn into a pissing match between those who believe you can get secondary markets with low grades and those who don't. I would not take a leave of absence at this point. At these schools, you are looking at about 50% in biglaw, 10% in Art III clerkships, and probably another 5% who are doing gov't/PI but could have had biglaw. Assuming the clerkship people could have had biglaw, this makes about 65% who could have biglaw from this school range. (And maybe those figures will increase as we move out of ITE.)
There is no magical cutoff where if you are top 65% you automatically get a job and top 75% and you are SOL. Anywhere below top 20% or so, there is a continuum where work/life experience, personality, interviewing skills and diversity can make up for or negate grades. Your chances aren't terrific, but if you are around the top 75% (as opposed to bottom of the bottom quarter), you should probably stick it out, try to improve on your exam taking skills, and do your best at OCI.
ETA: Didn't mean to post anon. This is Wholigan.