summer gpa boost worth it?

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37duncan
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summer gpa boost worth it?

Postby 37duncan » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:55 pm

fall 1L grades not what I was hoping for
for purposes of biglaw, what is consensus on taking 1 or 2 summer classes to boost gpa pre OCI?
(assuming I can get away for a few hours from volunteer summer internship to attend class)

Thanks
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sundance95
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Re: summer gpa boost worth it?

Postby sundance95 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:57 pm

I'd think not working 1L summer would raise a red flag for firms.

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BEAST_mode
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Re: summer gpa boost worth it?

Postby BEAST_mode » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:08 pm

sundance95 wrote:I'd think not working 1L summer would raise a red flag for firms.


Credited. But maybe check out evening classes if your school offers them during the summer.

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Re: summer gpa boost worth it?

Postby thesealocust » Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:12 pm

Not working 1L summer would be a red flag AND you wouldn't even likely have grades back from the courses before the important part of recruiting.

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DrGuano
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Re: summer gpa boost worth it?

Postby DrGuano » Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:46 am

No clue what school you're at, but at Fordham the deadline for submitting Early Interview Week material was mid-July - well before any grades come in. The only time your fall grades would help for the Big Law firms are if you get a callback, and at that point, your grades don't matter as much, as you've already made at least one good impression.

With that said, every school is different and may have different opportunities later in the fall semester. Regardless, hiring committees look at your transcript and mediocre grades in core classes are what's given consideration, not an A+in The Business of a Law Firm during the summer.




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