MTal wrote: pocky jocky wrote: MTal wrote:
pocky jocky wrote:but don't 2L and 3L grades make up the majority of your final gpa?
Yes, but biglaw hiring is done EXCLUSIVELY during the fall of your 2L year, and the only record they have to go on is your 1L grades. If you miss the biglaw boat after OCI, you have missed it for good. All that is left aside from biglaw is government and shitlaw...shitlaw firms don't care about your grades. The only thing they care about is whether or not you can bring in additional business (sales ability/connections) and how much they have to train you on the job (work experience). If you don't have either of these qualifications, then your chances of landing a job after graduation are essentially nil, regardless of your GPA.
fuck. how about midlaw?
Midlaw is a unicorn. It effectively does not exist for fresh graduates. They only hire former biglaw partners with portable books of business, or attorneys who are widely known as superstars or specialists in their field. How is it that you don't already know any of this? Didn't you research the job market when you went to law school?
I did, and my conclusions were:
1) outside of T20, you need at least top 20% ranking for a shot at big law
2) excepting schools like villanova (and schools in chicago/NY), it's tier-1 or bust
3) employment happens before you graduate or you're fucked
just assumed midlaw was biglaw with lower standards.