Birdnals wrote:SandScale004 wrote:So you don't care that you are now competing against more people for the same spots?
Not really. At the rank people are complaining about, we were going to be competing against them for these jobs anyways. I would like to believe when employers are trying to decide who to give call backs to they will look at GPAs (which didn't change), not just the percentile cut offs next to that GPA.
I also would like to believe, outside of hard cut offs for initial interviews, the difference between 2 candidates who are separated by 5 percentage points or less will more likely come down to ties/experience/connections/how much the interviewer likes you/gpa than the rank/percentage next to that GPA.
I think you are right that percentiles only get you the initial interview, and after that, it's personality/experience/etc. But, just me personally, I'd rather be competing against 10 people, not 20 people. It's great for the people that now get to put in for those interviews. I'm sure they are thrilled. But it also makes it harder for those who were already there trying to get those jobs and now have to compete against more people (of course, I guess you can rationalize that the number stays at 10 if the other 10 transfer out).
From my experience, some places are more apt to look at rank/percentage because GPA changes from school to school, but rank/percentage is a more accurate reflection of where you stand in your class compared to your peers. A 3.3 GPA at one law school does not mean the same thing at every other law school. But top 10% means pretty much the same at every school: you are in the top 10% of your class (and so on and so on).