The results of "average" students (all of these were at the median during 2006, when the economy was still good):
Morrison & Foerster LLP New York Screening Interview -- Rejection
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP New York Screening Interview -- Rejection
Sidley Austin LLP New York Screening Interview -- Rejection
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale And Door LLP Washington, Dc Screening Interview -- Rejection
Proskauer Rose LLP New York Callback -- Rejection
Lesson? Bid widely. Don't take anything for granted. Interview well. Cling to your callbacks.
My research has increasingly indicated that, with the exception of Y, T14 students have to make the grade like everyone else. I think it's silly to assume otherwise.
I'm willing to bet this is due to a questionable personality and not grades. Look, Harvard students get special privileges during OCI. I don't think most top firms even have a GPA cutoff (unofficially) for Harvard students. The universal decision date when law students must decide on a 2L summer firm is December 1. That is, universal, bar Harvard: I think Harvard students have until December 5 or something like that. My point is, firms love Harvard students, no matter where they fall on the curve and I really think a 3.1 at HLS is golden. Just make sure you charm the socks off the interviewers and you'll have your pick of firms. Dude, I know below median folks at UCLAW who got V20 firm jobs. Of course, they were not the norm. But if it is a possibility at UCLA, it is a near sure thing at Harvard. I know we law students have delicate egoes and are used to shining in academia, which makes it especially hard to swallow a 3.1. But honestly, as far as OCI prospects are concerned, you're sittin' pretty. That really is the beauty of going where you go.