runinthefront wrote:How strong is the effect of people grade-protecting post-1L re: chances of latin honors or moving up into a different quartile.
(e.g., being squarely median after second semester grades and wanting to graduate cum laude)
(e.g., top 20%ishh wanting to graduate magna cum laude)
I'm assuming the kids in the top 5-10% just take a bunch of seminars or S/U classes, no?
Can any 2ls or 3Ls shed light on this?
There are certainly ways to boost your GPA after 1L. The degree to which you want to do it will depend on how much you want to sacrifice taking classes you are actually interested in. To do this effectively, you will want a combination of off curve seminars, taking professors you did well in their 1L classes, and seeking out classes with A- heavy curves. I know several people that were in the 3.4-3.5 range that will now graduate cum Laude. Enough people drop off from caring after they get a job at AJF that it can be a very realistic goal.
And yes people very much GPA protect, especially at the top end. I was that guy this year, and I had 3 graded credits in the fall and 1 graded credit in the spring. Pulling that off requires a lot of schedule engineering and being willing to take any class even if you are utterly disinterested by it (looking at you, intro to depositions).