QSo, freaking out about this may be a bit premature, but I got my 1L grades and wasn’t thrilled. Now I’m worried about my chances for 2L summer employment. I already have a pretty great job lined up for this summer, thanks to a fairy godmother: interning for a federal district court judge.
My grades were three B+’s and one B. I’m hoping to bring those up, but isn’t everybody trying to do the same thing? I go to a tier 2 midwestern school that actually has a great reputation in its city. I’m just not sure I want to stay out here (ideally I’d end up in NY or DC).
Do you think it’s realistic that I’d get a position with a big/medium-sized firm in either of those two cities my 2L summer if my grades don’t improve (but don’t get worse)?
ANo. You will not get a job at a “top” big-city firm with average grades from an average school. Unless you’re a former pro athlete, pop star or U.S. Senator, you will fall through the cracks and become just another faceless applicant barely worthy of a rejection letter.
The good news: You’re hopefully taking this semester to kick some ass and become something other than average. So, study like a freak and see what happens. Also, do everything in your power to differentiate yourself from all the other gunners out there. That means get on a journal, publish an article, start a goddamn bankruptcy newsletter.
If your stats don’t scream out “top-firm candidate,” you need to build an impressive resume that tells prospective employers that you’re ambitious, aggressive and, most importantly, willing to work your ass off.