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Current Law Students / Bad grades AFTER accepting SA position
« on: January 22, 2009, 02:54:10 PM »
I'm still waiting on one more grade from the Fall (my 3rd semester) but my GPA for the semester is horrible. C-, B, A- so far. I worked harder this last semester then I've ever worked in my academic life. Just like many other people, I had OCI/Callbacks, Journal, and three very tough courses. But I am now TERRIFIED of not getting an offer at the end of the summer because of my grades. My rank is gonna fall from top 20% to probably 40% or so. I am so embarrassed about it and I feel like garbage when I talk to my family about it.

I spoke to Career Services here and to various friends (3Ls) and they all told me that there was no way of guaranteeing anything but that my offer was 99% safe for the SA position. They also said that grades play a very small role in the decision whether to make a full-time offer at the end of the summer. I am still terrified, though. I have been so depressed the last few days and I have little motivation to do any work (I know, that's the worst thing right now).

The worst part is that I already have TWO other C's on my transcript. Somehow I was still in the Top 20% because one of the Cs was a two-credit class and all of my other grades were A's.

Anyone have any advice (besides, do better next semester)? Any similar stories? What were the outcomes? Should I be completely freaking out? Someone talk me down off the ledge.

Job Search / Can a bad summer grade prevent an offer from being made?
« on: August 22, 2008, 08:56:30 AM »
I have had several interviews so far and a couple went really well. My GPA for the first year put me in the top 20%, however I got a C+ on a summer exam. Obviously, the grade won't count towards my rank until after the Fall semester (which I hope I can get good grades to disguise that bad one). But, I'm afraid this will hurt me if a firm asks for my official transcript before making an offer? Do firms ask for official transcripts before making an offer? Has anyone ever heard of someone losing an offer because of one bad summer grade?

Please advise as I have received quite a few screening interviews and several of them went very, very well. I'm really nervous here....Thanks!

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