Capitol_Idea wrote:Also extremely anecdotal but from friends, past experience, etc. Re: OCI - it seems like below 3.33 is trouble, above 3.67 means you'll likely do well, and everything in between is up in the air (though everyone I know over 3.5 got something even if it wasn't their top choice).
whats the word on staying in DC below 3.67? Impossible?
Absolutely possible, it just depends on the firm and how desirable you are as a candidate. There are DC firms that dip below median even (thinking Hollingsworth and some of the other boutiques) but they're not necessarily easier jobs to land, if that makes sense. The GPA lists are a good measuring stick but they only say so much. Firms like Venable and Foley dip much lower than most other DC biglaw, but they hire aggressively based on perceived "fit" instead. I say this as someone who felt really confident about Venable, both in terms of grades and the actual interviews, and didn't stick the landing (but landed higher Vault ranked stuff).
Where GPA lists are particularly helpful is for the firms with hard GPA floors (think Williams & Connolly, Arnold & Porter, WilmerHale, Covington). Where the median is 3.85 and the minimum is 3.81 you know the floor is a hard 3.8, and you should bid accordingly unless there's a really compelling reason to flout conventional wisdom.