T-20, Terrible grades.. OCI?

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T-20, Terrible grades.. OCI?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:03 pm

So t-20 (non t-14) school (school has consistently been t-20, not a sudden rise) , about 70-80% of my peers did better than me. On a full-ride / have goals outside of biglaw (want to do plaintiff’s side employment law), so please no “drop out” posts.

Anyways, ANY reason to even participate in OCI?

If so… bid strategy? (Aim as low as possible?)

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Re: T-20, Terrible grades.. OCI?

Postby bbmic45 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:26 pm

Aim low, go for it. Worst case, you got some good interviewing experience.

With a full-ride, no reason to consider dropping out. Talk to your professors about where you may have gone wrong and check out the stickied law school study advice threads on TLS to bring up your grades during 2L and 3L. Get involved in the field you're interested in. Network, blah blah. Graduating without debt from a t20 - you're in a decent spot.

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Re: T-20, Terrible grades.. OCI?

Postby anonymous2012 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 1:03 pm

Meh on OCI. Find a law firm to hire you during the school year. Your grades will likely never be in a position to help you so just focus on work experience and connections.

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Re: T-20, Terrible grades.. OCI?

Postby echooo23 » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:28 pm

Why not try? What's the worst that can happen - you end up in the same position as not having tried?

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Re: T-20, Terrible grades.. OCI?

Postby BVest » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:33 pm

Seems to me that most OCIs have some local small (25ish attys) trial boutiques. Often they end up with clients on either side of a dispute, smallish corporate lit and the like. Why not bid those? You'll be one of the few to bid them high and would be likely to get a couple of lottery interviews (if not a preselect) as a result. If nothing else, it's interview experience.

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Re: T-20, Terrible grades.. OCI?

Postby RodneyRuxin » Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:42 pm

BVest wrote:Seems to me that most OCIs have some local small (25ish attys) trial boutiques. Often they end up with clients on either side of a dispute, smallish corporate lit and the like. Why not bid those? You'll be one of the few to bid them high and would be likely to get a couple of lottery interviews (if not a preselect) as a result. If nothing else, it's interview experience.



This. Even if you don't want to work for a small boutique permanently, they usually give a lot of substantive experience fast--which would help you reach your long-term goals.




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