Reality Check After Fall Semester

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Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby thedogwalker » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:18 am

I go to a T-6 (USNWR) school and got 2 A-s and a B. Honestly, this whole process is entirely new to me (no lawyers in my family or even in my network of friends), so I really don't know what it means (and would appreciate some sympathy rather than snark since I'm looking for guidance). No one here talks openly about their grades so it's hard to know where I stand. What does a B honestly mean from a school like this as far as big law prospects go? Are clerkships out the window? Again, apologies for being a noob.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby Br3v » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:33 am

thedogwalker wrote:I go to a T-6 (USNWR) school and got 2 A-s and a B. Honestly, this whole process is entirely new to me (no lawyers in my family or even in my network of friends), so I really don't know what it means (and would appreciate some sympathy rather than snark since I'm looking for guidance). No one here talks openly about their grades so it's hard to know where I stand. What does a B honestly mean from a school like this as far as big law prospects go? Are clerkships out the window? Again, apologies for being a noob.

What is your school's mean?

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby zhenders » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:35 am

It means you're doing just fine. Keep it up.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby RaceJudicata » Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:13 am

In a vacuum, grades mean very little. Its all about class rank and how you compare to your peers. At any of the schools in the T6 (excepting those that don't give letter grades), so long as you are near median - and likely quite a bit less than median - you are doing fine. Clerkships are a different ball game, so I won't comment there.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby FascinatedWanderer » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:24 pm

A- A- B would put you just above median at CLS I think. Not sure about NYU. (You obviously don't go to Chicago, Harvard, Yale or Stanford).

Getting a job with firms should be no problem. Circuit clerkships and SDNY/EDNY/CDCA/NDCA type districts are likely out without significant grade improvement over the next 1 or 2 semesters.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby jbagelboy » Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:22 am

FascinatedWanderer wrote:A- A- B would put you just above median at CLS I think. Not sure about NYU. (You obviously don't go to Chicago, Harvard, Yale or Stanford).

Getting a job with firms should be no problem. Circuit clerkships and SDNY/EDNY/CDCA/NDCA type districts are likely out without significant grade improvement over the next 1 or 2 semesters.


Its low stone. Those are good grades. Nothing is 'out', it depends on how next semester goes.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby thegrayman » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:06 pm

You're 100% fine for jobs.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby dabigchina » Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:22 pm

jbagelboy wrote:
FascinatedWanderer wrote:A- A- B would put you just above median at CLS I think. Not sure about NYU. (You obviously don't go to Chicago, Harvard, Yale or Stanford).

Getting a job with firms should be no problem. Circuit clerkships and SDNY/EDNY/CDCA/NDCA type districts are likely out without significant grade improvement over the next 1 or 2 semesters.


Its low stone. Those are good grades. Nothing is 'out', it depends on how next semester goes.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby FascinatedWanderer » Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:13 pm

I said "without significant improvement". I stand by that. No one is clerking on a circuit with low stone.

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby cavalier1138 » Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:16 pm

Wait, what's "low stone"?

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Re: Reality Check After Fall Semester

Postby FascinatedWanderer » Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:36 pm

Harlan Fiske Stone is an honors designation that puts you in anywhere from the top 40% to the top 8-9%. OP's grades probably put him at about top 35% give or take.



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