Should I be gunning for honors?

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Should I be gunning for honors?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:40 pm

I want to take both clinic and externship, but if I'm doing both, which take a lot of credits, I won't have enough eligible credits to graduate with honors (my GPA is still high though). Does it have any consequences in my legal career? Should I not take the clinic/externship so that I can get the extra prestige?
2L, T13, with V100 offer. No intent to clerk. Want to go in-house after 5 years if not sooner. Thanks.

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Re: Should I be gunning for honors?

Postby toast and bananas » Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:47 pm

Anonymous User wrote: Does it have any consequences in my legal career? (No intent to clerk)


Nope.

ETA: It could give you the slightest bump on a lateral application, but even then . . . nah.

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Re: Should I be gunning for honors?

Postby Lacepiece23 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:02 pm

Idk, it looks good on your profile and adds some legitimacy. Maybe you get a matter here or there either internally or externally because you have the credential over your career. Don't know what that's worth in the short term though.

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Re: Should I be gunning for honors?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I want to take both clinic and externship, but if I'm doing both, which take a lot of credits, I won't have enough eligible credits to graduate with honors (my GPA is still high though). Does it have any consequences in my legal career? Should I not take the clinic/externship so that I can get the extra prestige?
2L, T13, with V100 offer. No intent to clerk. Want to go in-house after 5 years if not sooner. Thanks.


For "honors"/cum laude I probably wouldn't go out of your way to secure it. Yes, it could make a difference at the margins, but so could the experience you'd get through clinic/externship. But high honors/magna/summa might change my calculus.



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