Anonymous User wrote:homestyle28 wrote:VulcanVulcanVulcan wrote:Also can someone tell me how to interpret the OCI/GPA data on Symplicity? All of the medians seemed REALLY high.
I've been told a couple of things re GPA #'s:
1) remember that the same high GPA law review kids get called back to a lot of places, but can only accept 1 offer.
2) It's median so roughly half the CB's were below the median.
3) For most firms you can probably subtract .1 from the median for the accepted offer #.
FWIW on the more grade competitve firms I'm focusing on the lower number to see how I might stack up...Alas it still elimiates a few firms (Grippo, Barack, etc.)
I'm not at NU but is this reasoning similar to other schools? Subtracting .1 from the CB for offers seems kind of ludicrous though.
It's ridiculous at UVA or Michigan, where 0.1 separate median from like the top 3%, but on NU's curve 0.1 is very roughly 10% of class rank, and for a lot of firms that can make sense. It's also important to look at the spread between the median and the low.
Say firm X has a median of 3.8 and a low of 3.5. That means you've got a decent shot with 3.7+, and enough of a shot from 3.6+ that it's worth a bid. Below that, it's probably not worth a bid unless you bring something else to the table (e.g. investment banking experience, IP background, etc). These firms are grade-snobby, but will dip down to pick up people they like.
Now say a firm has a median of 3.8 and a low of 3.7. That means you really should have a 3.7+ or else it's not worth a bid. These firms are grade-snobby, and will not dip down to pick up people they like.