r6_philly wrote:So what's better to have - consistent grades or mixture of good and not so good? Does it help a lot to have an A, or does it hurt a lot to have an B-? I know it's too general of a question, but I just want some opinions/viewpoints.
Depends on who your audience is.
Firms: You can probably explain one B or B- in 1L and they'll share an anecdote about their crappy grade in x class as a law student and they'll remember you for being a real person (note: does not apply at all law firms). After 1L, law firms don't really care as long as you graduate without looking like a fool.
Judges: Current clerks have good grades and compare you to themselves, not just to the other applicants. If their grades were better than yours they'll laugh that you applied. If you're aiming for a competitive court you should be seeing A-, A, A+ a majority of the time. If you're more relaxed about where you want to clerk, you'll be fine with a good mix of grades.
Registrar: You should be consistently above the curve. One B- won't kill you, but getting a bunch of A-'s and B+'s isnt going to get you latins and if you aren't certain the A+ exists (bc you haven't gotten one) you probably wont be getting magna and you definitely aren't getting summa.