Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

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EtherOne
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Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby EtherOne » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:26 am

Hi all,

So I graduated from T-14 and now am working as a clerk which I am very grateful for. It's a two year clerkship (federal) and I will be applying for jobs in about a year or so.

The thing is, I don't have a very good GPA, and was wondering whether it was OK to exclude my GPA from my resume, and that way, my school's reputation and clerkship position would do most of the work and employers would not focus too much on the GPA.

When is it OK to exclude a GPA from resume post law school? Do you think I should?

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby badaboom61 » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:33 am

My school does not allow students to list their GPA on their resume, so unless your school specifically requires you to list it (I don't think they can even do this), you should be fine to take it off. That's probably a good idea.

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby EtherOne » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:39 am

You mean the school doesn't allow students to list GPA during 2L OCI?

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby EtherOne » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:41 am

Or also post-graduation?

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby UnderrateOverachieve » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:51 am

If it is above 3.0 I say include it. The clerkship is going to do the talking for you. If the firm really cares about your grades they are going to ask for them anyway. If I saw someone with a 3.0 but a prestigious clerkship I would assume they must be really high quality but maybe just had difficulties with weird law school prompts.

Anyone else have some advice with more credibility? I am interested in hearing a good answer.

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby EtherOne » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:00 am

Thank you for your post. I will probably end up attaching transcript to application email but it doesn't have the GPA listed.

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby EtherOne » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:13 am

Any other thoughts?

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby rad lulz » Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:50 am

Put GPA if it's over 3.0

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Re: Excluding GPA from Resume Post-Clerkship

Postby Lord Randolph McDuff » Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:29 pm

Similar question. My resume obviously lists my undergrad and graduate education. I was/am a shit student both times around, but due to rampant grade inflation at CU Law my GPA is a 3.31. They don't release the median, only rank top 1/3, but I'm positive this is actually a below median GPA.

So, do I put my law school GPA on the resume and awkwardly leave off my undergrad GPA? It was a 2.7….

Right now I leave both of the GPAs off the resume. I kinda prefer it that way. My own small way of sticking it to the man. But I don't want to continue doing this if this is a really dumb idea.




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