Anonymous User wrote:I see a lot of people in the Vale who were decent performers (i.e., top third with law review, etc.) at middling schools (like T2s). But is anyone else in here (besides me) in the opposite situation? I went to a lower T14 but my grades were in the gutter (ETA: My GPA is still above 3.0, but not by a lot) and I didn't do a journal or moot court or really anything else of note. My school didn't publish ranks but I'm almost certainly in the bottom quarter of my class. Also, even though my school has a very good reputation, it was in a different part of the country from where I
went to schoolwant to practice (edit because I wrote this all groggy at 2 AM, oops). If I could do it again, I would have gone to the T25 state school, or taken another year or two off before LS to at least wind up at a different lower T14 that is in my part of the country.
Needless to say, I've also been in the vale since graduating although I currently have decent odds of starting a doc review job soon.
My question isn't really what do I do from here, but instead I'm mostly wondering what tends to happen to people who come out of T14s in the bottom quarter and if anyone else ITT is in the same boat.
I went to a T10, probably bottom 1/3 or bottom 40% ish (school doesn't rank) and as I mentioned above, I had a one year state trial clerkship after graduating in 2012. Now I've been unemployed since August. Anecdotally, I know a number of people from my school who had to work in fellowship positions/unpaid positions for at least a year before landing something.
ETA: I am not sure how the class of 2013 is faring, as I didn't have many friends in the years below me.