los blancos wrote:Anonymous User wrote:
Yale? No, but Yale doesn't rank/have grades.
Bottom 1/4 or 1/3 of the class generally doesn't have honors attached to their name, and those clients do notice. That's not to say that someone in the bottom 1/3 can't get a job at a biglaw firm. (I say this as someone who graduated closer to the bottom than the top of my class.) They just have to have a resume that speaks louder than their grades. Firms do care what you look like on paper, and unfortunately, some resumes just don't have anything -- no law review, no latin honors, no work experience, no publications, etc. (I know folks don't like hearing their resumes are not as good as their peers', but it is a job market, and at the end of the day, people hire who they want to hired based on criterias they find important.)
So tl;dr if you didn't get a biglaw job this time and want one, go pad your resume. anyone can publish a paper or write onto law review, and these days, federal courts are practically giving away clerkships.
I say this as someone who got 3 two clerkship offers in two days with below median grades at not-HYS. Also have friends of equal or lower class ranking with similar results.
You don't know until you try some judges honestly do not give a shit about your grades or ranking, unlike most law firms.