Anonymous User wrote:ben4847 wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Mine starts in two weeks. Just got back my grades and I ended up with the lowest grade on the curve in one class. Overall my GPA didn't change and the grade isn't actually noticeable because the curve in this class was A to B+, but I know I was well below the firm's usual to begin with and it puts me middle of the class at a lower T14. I'm super nervous that I'll start and they'll realize what a huge mistake it was because I'm actually as marginally qualified as my GPA and law school performance would indicate. I know that a no-offer is the kiss of death and I'm convinced that my mediocre record in law school makes me the type of person who won't be able to cut it in biglaw, even though that is my goal in life and the entire reason I went to law school.
There are very few firms where GPA makes a difference once you are hired. And the biggest one just collapsed.
Hmm, maybe that is why the collapsed.
I know the GPA doesn't matter; it actually went up overall this semester. I'm just worried that the poor writing skills and poor legal analysis that got me to the middle of the class at my law school and that I haven't overcome, despite taking classes and internships to improve those skills, will screw me out of my one opportunity to get into biglaw permanently.
I really don't think this matters to be honest. Being middle of the curve at a T14 doesn't mean you have "poor writing skills" or bad "legal analysis" it just means that others knew how to take exams better. Law schools exams are too arbitrary to use to make such an objective assessment of one's skills. Also, I've heard that law practice and law school are two different beasts. Doing well at one doesn't necessarily mean that you will do well at the other or vice versa. Just do the very best you can at the firm and you should be fine. (This is what I tell myself every morning)