charlie.black wrote:anyone know if there are grade cutoffs for the boston offices of ropes, wilmerhale, or goodwin? top half-ish? thanks.
I will eventually to write up a longer post about EIP & grades. Actually, I might cowrite it with ph14, englawyer, doublechecks, and tomwatts (specific call out to these people because I know who all of these people are IRL, and have hung out with some of them) to post on the first page if y'all are down.
I would say very few firms have "cut-offs" in the entire EIP experience. It's mostly a sliding scale where they take into account other factors: how likable they find you at interviews, your work experience, the prestige of your undergrad, your undergrad degree, your references (for the few firms that check that), your status as an URM, etc. A Harvard undergrad alum who worked at McKinsey for a few years before law school with strong interviewing skills will probably be able to get most firms in NYC & Boston even with straight Ps. A non-prestigous undergrad alum who went straight through who interviews at a normal or slightly below normal skill set probably won't do as well, even with a few Hs over the former example.
Straight Ps with an LP or more mixed in, however, may actually be below the floor for many places, including Ropes, WilmerHale, Goodwin.
That being said, if you don't have work experience and your undergrad wasn't prestigious at all and you're an average interviewer at best, you better have at *least* median grades at Ropes-Boston & Wilmerhale-Boston. Don't know as much about Goodwin's standards, but probably them too.