vanwinkle wrote:jas5076 wrote:This estimate is without the assumption of summer 2L employment correct? The OP is obivously very brilliant, I think it is reasonable to think that he/she will be able to secure a Big Law Summer Job during 2L summer.
I just have to respond to this to say that this is not how law school works.
Every single person who gets into CLS is going to be "obviously very brilliant". They're all going to be competing for the same jobs. And ITE, law firms are cutting down on hiring and focusing a lot more seriously on things like grades. OP has a high potential for success, but it is not "reasonable" to assume paid summer employment at this point.
You must be a 0L if you're making statements like this. It's foolish to to just assume paid employment, even for T6 folks, these days.
+1. my understanding is that it is not wise to assume anything but median, even with stellar stats. the LSAT has a correlation with LS performance, but doesn't predict well in the narrow score range found at most schools.
this applies particularly to Columbia, where over HALF of the students scored in the 99th percentile.