I just got my final 1L GPA, which was a 3.28 from a T2 school. I had a 3.5 the first semester, so i took a little hit. Dont get me wrong, I am still gracious of the GPA, but I am wondering... are most of my options for a good summer associate position finished?
I am very close friends with a well known professor at my law school, who would definitely make a phone call on my behalf (I am also his research assistant). I am also interning for a Federal District Judge this summer. Hopefully I may make a journal, but at this moment I wouldnt know. With these previous 2 additions however, do I have a shot at a moderate to large firm in the NJ area still or is my 3.28 gonna knock me out of the runnings? I know as far as OCI is concerned, most firms cut off at 3.5, but as far as outside connections and sending resumes, what are my realistic chances? Any 2Ls or 3Ls with experience could surely help, although any advice would be more than helpful.