Desert Fox wrote:Totally doable is an overstatement. They exist, but it's pretty rare. I know people with amazing grades who got zero traction for 1L SA's. Try for it, but don't expect it.
I guess I'm biased because I know a surprising number of people in my extended friends group who have 1L SAs (I can think of like, 5 or 6 off the top of my head). Take what I say with a grain of salt and DEFINITELY don't consider it a given. I am 100% sure that the people I know who have SAs worked their asses off for 1) their grades and 2) their interviews/callbacks/offers. Like I said, you definitely need to be willing to hustle.
Also, it's possible a lot of my friends were diversity hires, but I do know for a fact at least one of them was around-median.