Hey, since grades were technically due by now, just thought I would post something that I posted around this time last year. Hope it helps anyone who needs to hear it!
"I finished my first semester at CLS with an underwhelming 3.1 (two Bs and 1 B+). I seriously thought my life was over, and spent the next semester and most of the next summer pretty convinced that I would never work as an attorney. Dramatic, I know, but the culture at CLS (and many top schools, I'm sure) can make you feel inferior, and with constant discussions about classes and job searches, make it seem like it's the most important thing in your entire life. It's not. Even with those first semester grades, and after some very poor bidding for EIP (but do not, I repeat do not, worry about that right now), I still ended up with about 15 callback invitations and multiple V50 offers. EIP was still a breeze, and I have a very unimpressive resume.
The moral of the story, at least right now, is do not panic. It's so easy for grades to seem like your entire life. You've worked so hard to get into CLS, and so hard during this past semester. I know I did, and it was so frustrating to see my work not pay off in the ways that I had hoped. But the worst thing you can do right now is harp on that. If you didn't get the grades you had hoped for, learn from what you might have done wrong, change some things for next semester, and do your best. One thing to keep in mind is that this is still a very small sampling, and grades can be very random. It's become a bit of a cliche to say that the test I thought I did best on was my worst grade, and the test I thought I did worst on was my best, but for me that was absolutely true. Also, TLS, and often times people who you speak to in person about grades, will not be representative of the whole class. The majority of any class will get B+s and Bs. I think Bs are still the most common grades in a class by plurality, at least for most professors. If you got these grades, it's not because you're dumb, or because you don't belong at CLS (lies I told myself after I got my grades back, that I wish I hadn't). A lot of students just have to get those grades. And while grades are important for EIP, our school really does kick so much ass when it comes to job placement that I saw people from all GPAs get tons of callbacks and offers at really great firms. That's not to say that people don't strike out, because they do for a wide range of reasons, but there's almost no GPA right now that takes you out of the running. No matter what your grades are right now, almost all of you will get great jobs and go on to start really promising legal careers.
So long story short, if you didn't get the grades that you wanted, don't dwell on them to the point where it's destructive. Learn from them in a constructive way, but know that you're not alone. I think most people are disappointed with their grades, because almost everyone coming into CLS is used to getting perfect grades and being an overacheiver, and the curve prevents everyone from accomplishing that. Most of 1L (at least at CLS) is freaking out about certain things (classes, grades, 1L jobs, journals) only for things to work out in the end and then you wonder why you freaked out so much at the time. I'm not saying your life will be perfect, or you'll get that Wachtell offer, but I just wanted to send a message from someone who was once a 1L despairing over grades who has had things work out for him/her. Everything will be alright.
Feel free to PM me if you want to talk more."