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I'm assuming since you mentioned clerkships that you are going for DOJ or something along those lines. Your grades do have to be higher to get those kinds of jobs, but if you have something else going for you like Moot Court or law review it will even itself out.

I disagree that DOJ is an option for anyone with sub-median grades from Cardozo, even with law review or generic moot court experience.  Although, stellar moot court performance and increasing grades to top 25% could make a difference.

From my understanding government positions are, generally speaking, not as concerned about your grades and school reputation when compared with private firms. The exception would be the high legal positions with the government like the US Attorney's office.

All employers care about grades and school reputation.  The difference is that government pays much less, so typically students with top grades and top reputation do not work at government jobs.  The self-selection involved with students' decisions does not necessarily mean government employers care less about these factors.  But government employers typically have to be less picky because most of the high-grade and high-school reputation students prefer to find work elsewhere.  But all else being equal, government litigation departments generally look to those who already have some litigation skills (as evidence by courses, externships, clinical, moot court, etc.).

Current Law Students / Re: Moot Court vs. Journal?
« on: July 03, 2009, 08:49:09 AM »
Main journal first.

Moot Court if you KNOW you want to do litigation.

Secondary journal if you don't care--it's probably less work than MC.

Yep.  1) Law Review; 2) Moot court or secondary.

Job Search / Re: GPA on my resume
« on: June 30, 2009, 09:46:51 PM »
Above 3.0? Include.  But don't list your rank.

Tough call.  Probably not that many ABA accredited schools that will accept you and be worth the full tuition.

Do you want to work in Texas (judging from your screen name)?  What type of work do you want to do?

You should ask your financial aid department.  But schools tend to use scholarship money for recruiting students rather than retaining them.

Transferring / Re: Help me make final transfer decision!
« on: June 18, 2009, 09:17:57 PM »
No scholarship at AU, and no, nothing stops me from contacting other people.  But law rev at gulc is a question mark. 

Ah, I misunderstood about LR.  Tough call.  You probably can't go wrong. 

Transferring / Re: Help me make final transfer decision!
« on: June 18, 2009, 06:55:10 PM »
Any scholarship to AU?

Tough choice.  I would probably not transfer to GULC, but law review at GULC is tempting.  You are most likely going to get a biglaw gig with law review at GULC.  I don't think you can go wrong.  With the lottery system, are you precluded from contacting employers outside the lottery?  If you get lotteried out of a firm, is there anything to stop you from calling up the firm and interviewing 15 blocks away rather than on campus?

Current Law Students / Re: quasi-journal: worth-joining?
« on: June 17, 2009, 07:06:11 PM »
can you do both the quasi-journal and another journal?

Current Law Students / Re: Briefs
« on: June 17, 2009, 07:03:36 PM »
Um... westlaw?  Or you could just ask your employer for a sample, which is much better.

Current Law Students / Re: I HATE MY SITUATION!!!
« on: June 17, 2009, 07:02:09 PM »
Regardless of grading, a clinic would likely look much better to employers and provide you with more real-world experience than some random business-type doctrinal class.  You can learn corporate tax by reading a 30-page outline.  You can't learn life experience by reading a book or being lectured to.

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