quakeroats wrote:How has grade-based hiring worked for you long term? Do you use grades because you don't see a ready alternative? Have they predicted success? If so, what kind of results do you get out of grads with high GPAs that you don't from those with lower GPAs?
Do you think a business-school banking model (grades are unimportant, hiring process lasts the better part of 6 months, employer observes the candidates in many situations including doing things that approximate actual work, etc.) would work better?
About 10 years ago we were less concerned about grades. Unfortunately, we noticed some of the summer associates and new attorneys did not have the writing and analytical skills we needed. That is not to say that some with higher grades did not have those problems too, but with a writing heavy practice like ours, we feel the odds for success are higher with the better grades. To be honest, many times I do not see much difference in people ranked in the top 5% as opposed to those in the top 25% but there are exceptions.
Well, assuming such a model was practical, it would probably yield better results. I believe practising law in a firm is still very much an apprentice process. The summer program allows you a glimpse of potential, but of course, grades drive the ability to get those jobs for the most part. A course that allowed students to spend time at some law firms might be an alternative, but you are getting into academic decisions which are way out of my area.