TTT-LS wrote:One thing that I've noticed is that people in the top 15-33% range have landed interviews in some fairly unpredictable places--places they have no ties to whatsoever. Those interviews haven't always worked out, but apparently a few have (and hopefully more will as time passes). So if the top of the class+LR people at CCN are only applying in the large cities + their home state, that's probably too limited for this cycle. Though I haven't seen them all on LCA at this point, it now looks like NU has placed in 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, DC, and a bunch of district courts, and I'm sure there are still a lot of people I don't know about. There also seems to be an extremely strong correlation between being on the board of L. Rev. and COA clerkships. In fact, for the group just mentioned, it is 1:1.
How do you know what the top 15-33% range is at a school that doesn't rank? It seems to me that after 1st year, people could pretty much cherry pick classes that are guaranteed As (i.e., "Law and ......" classes), and skew their GPA (and rank in the class) in that way.