Biglaw_Associate_V20 wrote:Here's a problem with miracle clerkships: They don't help you get jobs at firms with strict grade cutoffs if you're well below the cutoff. At my firm, for example, the grade cutoff is the same whether you clerked for the Supreme Court or not.
I obviously can't speak to other people's experience, but I have also personally experienced that some of these strict grade cut-offs are not as strict as touted here. I was shocked to get offers from a handful of firms that this forum claims are "strict grade cut-off."
This isn't to say people shouldn't try to be realistic, and I'm not saying such firms don't exist. I'm sure they do; in fact, I'm pretty positive I also experienced those grade cut-off based rejections from other firms. But it is to say that for some reason, law students and lawyers are obsessed with discouraging one another for the sake of it, and it's often bad advice. There usually isn't a whole lot of reason in counting yourself out (or tell other people to count themselves out) before trying. And in this particular instance, I'm not sure what value this particular "advice" has. Someone landed a miracle clerkship, but you don't think it will help get them to your firm, and possibly other certain firms. Maybe you're right, maybe you're wrong. Either way, so what? It's not reason to rethink the clerkship, which would put them in an arguably worse position, with less experience and less resume fodder.