Maybe they noticed things go better in threes? If you take preserve out, it seems really short/quick and less meaningful... to me anyway.
#1. Bringing in new business
#2. Firm politics
#3. Being in the right place at the right time (i.e. being up for partner when new partners are needed)
This has been true for the few big firms I've worked at.
I'd put more emphasis on #2 and #3. And occasionally #1 is changed to something along the lines of being a big name in your field. Partners really seem to serve 2 functions: one is to bring in new biz, and one is to add to the firm's reputation. So some people make partner based on their rainmaking abilities, and some make partner based on the name they've made for themselves as a bad-ass litigator or whatever (although this seems to be more difficult now, as associates more and more are chained to their desks while the partners go to court; yet another example of how law firms, as businesses, are terribly run.)
Can everybody go to HYPSPCCC? No. But, if you can, it's stupid, in fact, it's a crime not to.
Yes. Yes. They'll care that it affects your GPA (and therefore their ranking), but are unlikely to pay special attention beyond its mathematical effect on your GPA.
So would you say that this college course in which I received an F during high school affects my UGPA but the admissions will likely ignore it and look more toward undergraduate grades? Will the admissions do their own calculations on what my UGPA would be without the failed class?
Thanks again..maybe I won't go kill myself yet
I had a similar situation myself with dual credit. LSDAS is going to want a transcript from every college course, even the ones you just took for dual credit in high school as you did. However, I'm pretty sure they didn't calculate it into my GPA...I think they just took my undergrad's calculation. So, unless your undergrad factors it in, I don't think it will count.