PeanutsNJam wrote:If you are a URM, finding a biglaw job is markedly easier and you don't have to worry about grade cutoffs or the like; interviewing well and having medianish grades are likely sufficient for at least secondary market biglaw, if not primary market biglaw.
This is true to a lesser extent for people with other desirable attributes such as vet status, strong STEM major from a top UG, impressive work experience, strong ties to the location or the firm itself, etc. Connections to recruiting attorneys (which can be easily established by attending networking events and such) are certainly helpful.
Assuming you have strictly median grades, and nothing else going for you at all, biglaw (and selective PI) is highly unlikely. All other law, however, is not. Whether "all other law" is desirable is up to you, and it's a very wide variety of jobs.
All that said, for firms that don't pay 145k+, grades are not dis-positive. I've seen too many 1Ls outside the top 20% at WUSTL get 1L SAs to believe otherwise. The issue still remains that only 30ish% is going to get biglaw or fed clerkships. This is not, however, the top 30% by any means.
I'm not from a top UG (tier 1 though), no work experience, but am a STEM major (non EE, but engineering) with a MS degree.
I keep asking here and in admits thread because law school can be a life decision, and it's not easy one to make... WashU is the best offer I have in my hands right now, but employment stat worries me little. Any reading is a lullaby to me, so I don't think I'll do well in law school in general... my guess is strictly median.
Not interested in PI at all. Hoping for IP, anywhere above a mid-size firm would be ok with me. Biglaw will be ideal for the sake of exit option, but if doesn't work out, so be it. I would like 100k+ pay, but not necessarily 145k+. Is this a doable goal at WashU?
I'm waitlisted at multiple T14s and have some pending. Some people advised me to wait for all waitlists, take a year off and reapply, and things like that. But WashU is being really generous to offer full tuition + living stipend, and I think hardly any T14 can beat it. Am I being realistic enough, or should I be chasing a T14 still with my goal?