Grades is more important when you don't have the other attributes. It's a combination of all things. If you have a EE PhD and 10 years working for intel you are going to get a 1L job with straight Bs. The fact that many people get firm offers before 1L grades are even released shows you how much grades matter for 1L hiring. And again, one semester of bad grades isn't going to overwrite all the other stuff one has going previous to law school, especially considering everyone knows it's a big adjustment and grading is arbitrary. The competition for 1L firm hiring is different than 2L hiring IMO, employers are looking for different things.
We agree on everything here haha
I was shocked as to how doable getting a paid 1L summer job is at Penn. That said, the number is still REALLY low. Don't bank on it. I used to think they were like mythical unicorns and didn't exist, but now I see they're just kinda rare.
What's "really low"? It was like 10-15% in the ITE years, I wouldn't be surprised if that number is higher this year. I am curious what the number break down really is come Nov. 1. I know quite a few people at firms, and I only know about half of the students.
Maybe I'm being too pessimistic. A lot of folks have always been hired from great connections/etc. But there aren't too many regular people who are able to land paid jobs.
Everything is beautiful and nice all the way out to 48thish, and even past there it's fine. The people who say living in West Philly is dangerous don't know what they're talking about.
I wouldn't go that far. I am from the real West Philly, you only see what's on the surface.
You know I will gladly defer to you and HW on Philly related questions. I definitely was a little strong--I didn't mean to suggest everything past 48th is "fine." Poor choice of words. But, the area before there is very suitable living IMO.
Where does "University City" end? Because we always call the area where I live "West Philly", but it's really not. It's still University City. I would feel extremely comfortable living out to 45th or 46th, but not north of Walnut.