RoseVI wrote:I've been lurking a bit, waiting for the right time to ask a question.
Now that 1L grades and percentiles are posted, I was wondering what the widest split between high and low grades anyone's heard of is, and whether that has any effect on interviews/getting jobs (outside of GPA considerations), or if it can be easily explained in a positive manner.
Probably depends in part on the grade, the class, and the employer. I had a 10 point swing between my high grade and my low grade, which was LP first semester. Didn't hurt me much, I don't think. I only had one employer ask me about it, and they basically told me I must suck as a writer if I got my worst grade in LP (yeah, whatever). But they were the only person out of the dozens and dozens of interviewers I had that even brought it up. If your GPA is competitive for big firm jobs (top 1/4 or maybe top 1/3), they likely won't look as closely at the individual grades. They usually just want a strong GPA.
That being said, and this is just pure speculation with a grain of TLS "conventional wisdom" sprinkled in, a grade in the 70s could probably hurt you. I have heard that big firms really, really don't like Cs, and I'd say a grade in the 70s is the equivalent to a C. Again though, if your grades are competitive anyways, they may just gloss over it.
Also, if you're looking to do non-firm work, then the class you got the grade in may matter. An 80 in crim law or something is probably not going to look good if you want to work for a prosecutor or something. Again, that is the TLS conventional wisdom and I've heard it from people looking to do that kind of work, but I don't have firsthand experience.