To what extent do Law School grades matter after 1L?
December 7, 2010 5:01 PM Subscribe
Law School Grades: do they still matter?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a second year law student at a T25 school. I'm at a good school, not a great school. I did very well during my first year, and ended up near the top of my class. I made law review, and was lucky enough to land a summer associate job at a top biglaw firm. Without saying which firm, I'll note that it's consistently listed in the top ten on Vault.
Will my law firm likely want to look at my second year grades when deciding to make an offer? If they do want to look, will they take my second year grades seriously? This firm has a high offer rate. Almost all summer associates were offered permanent positions, even during the downturn.
I'm not a slacker, and I don't think I ever will be. I do my work and try to do it well. But 1L exams were, well, terrifying and anxiety provoking. Some of that underlying fear helped me to motivate and promoted good study habits. Some of it made life miserable. This year I have been studying diligently, but the underlying pervasive sense of fear has been removed. With it, I definitely feel like some of my incentives to burn the midnight oil have been removed as well.
Is this bad? Should I still be trying to maintain my position at the top of the class? If I just hit the middle of the curve, will I put my potential job at risk, or may I relax a bit and enjoy the experience? Can I get B's?
I would love to hear general opinions, but I would especially like any former or current biglaw associates to weigh in.