ph5354a wrote:We generally assume that the 1L median is 3.3 to reflect the curve, right?
Possibly above that by a touch. It's hard for us to know. OCS doesn't want employers to know and honestly I don't think we know at this point. The big issue is that although the B- became "discretionary" many professors continue to give them out as before. Some profs are known for grading under the curve. But, people generally don't like to say "Yes, I got a B-!" so we're kinda in the dark.
I think our estimate before was 3.34. I haven't gone through and done the math to see what all of the possible GPA outcomes are for the first year, but I'd wager that the median and the mode are the same: whatever ends up being the most common GPA, based on the limited number of outcomes we have, is also likely to be where median falls.
More importantly, I'm not sure how important it is to worry about that line right now. Stone vs. Not-Stone (or Kent vs. near Kent) should be the way you generally think about things. You can read through last year's EIP thread and see the stuff we discussed.
Honestly the best thing would be to find some 2L/3L friends you legitimately trust and have a frank discussion of grades. People in law school obviously hate that, but it's a lot easier to know what grades you need for a firm if you talk to the people who will be working there and get a general idea of what they had for grades. I'd wager that for the vast majority Stone is good enough.