Getting a Law Job with Average Grades...and other Questions via

Posted on 04-04-2014 by
Tags: Upgrading Your Skills , career management , law students , job seeking

I couldn't agree with this article more, especially this excerpt:

"A less-than-stellar GPA isn't necessarily the end of the world. Grades will always matter, but so do other things: the types of classes you took, the work experience you gained through clinics and clerkships, the activities you pursued outside of class like mock trial, law review and moot court, as well as your individual background and perspective. While there are certainly firms out there that might not consider anyone with a GPA under a specific cutoff, most firms will consider your background more holistically. Focus on what you can offer the firm, rather than on what you're lacking."

I was fortunate enough to have a career with the Department of Health & Human Services before attending law school, and while there, I quickly learned perseverance was far greater than any grade I received during my undergraduate studies. After law school though, I think GPA was just a part of the conversation, but not the main objective that helped me land a job. 

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