lawyerwannabe wrote:Hey almost 3Ls,
Obviously class ranking at Duke is unknown. Out of curiosity though, above what GPA (in your guesstimate) makes you a viable candidate at OCI?
It's impossible to say without more information. You'll get a pdf of the average GPA by firm size in a few weeks, but that isn't very helpful either as it seems to count the 20+ offers 3.7+ students can get in with the typically fewer offers other students get. This raises the average GPA by firm, and makes it less helpful than going to the career office and asking them to break things down by firm. They won't do this for a long list, so narrow down the firms you'll qualify for. If you're targeting major markets (NY, DC, Chicago, LA, etc.) It's going to be harder the further below median you are. New York is the easiest, D.C. is arguably the hardest, few people go to Chicago or California without some kind of ties so that's difficult to judge too. If you're around median or above, look at this post: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 5#p4586547
It's designed for UVA, but is more or less what you can expect at Duke. If you're below median, here's a list of firms that recruit mostly people below median at Georgetown: http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/v ... 5#p4586237
I suspect some of the data from this list if from 2007 or earlier, so take the D.C. offices with a grain of salt.
But none of this really answers your question because whether you get an offer(s) depends on at least the following:
How many interviews did you do, and where did you do them?
Do you have relevant work experience?
Do you interview well?
Will you fit into the firm culture as interpreted by your interviewers?
Do you know enough about the firm you're interviewing with to have a conversation?
Are you from a diverse background?
Do you have ties to the area (ties are helpful or necessary everywhere except NY)?
In general, the higher your GPA, the less of these you'll need to have going for you. There's no strict cutoff for viability, although if you're close to a 3.0 or below you should work very hard over the next few months to ensure you get something. Most of the strike outs I've heard about are poor targeting (e.g., if you're not near the top of the class, don't bid on California/Texas without ties, don't bid on more than 2 or maybe 3 markets), or people who just don't seem to want it (e.g., young, no real interview practice, little firm research, mediocre to poor grades, not interested in the process, etc.). I know people with terrible grades that got something, but they usually worked very hard for it.
Edit: Quick tip: when you're making your bid list, ignore what firms write in the description on Symplicity. Some request top 10% and will take below median. Others say top half and almost never drop that low. They don't seem to update them from school to school. Ignore it all.