runinthefront wrote:tyrant_flycatcher wrote:Does anyone else feel like GPA isn't as important as they thought it would be? I have a 3.63, but I don't feel like I'm in a much better position than someone with a 3.43. I'll be competing against students who have my kind of GPA, and someone with a 3.43 will be competing against students who have his/her kind of GPA. It seems to me that I'm just as likely to strike out. I would only gain an advantage if we bid on the same firms, but that seems unlikely given the difference in GPA. If I don't care about Vault rankings and just want an offer at a market-paying firm, what does top 1/3 get me that median doesn't? Something tells me there's an easy answer out there, but I don't see it.
1) you're in great shape--crafting your bid list appropriately will be key. You have to remember that those with a 3.43 will be reaches for your target firms--just likely you'll be reaches for some V10s. If you "just" want a job, you could probably bid hella conservatively and virtually guarantee an offer from a market paying place. I mean, it's all up to you, really.
Yeah, this is more or less right. The thing with being top 1/3 is that you'll be in the sweet spot for a few firms that are grade selective but not only targeting the top 10% (e.g. Jones Day, Fried Frank, Kirkland, Latham), and then you'll likely have a better screener ----> CB ratio at firms that target high 3.4s/low 3.5s. The combination of this puts you in a really good position for many firms that have large class sizes in NY, and those firms are especially worth targeting because they generally have better CB ----> Offer ratios. So overall being in the top 1/3 is more of an advantage than it first appears based off of looking at GPA medians.