I'm a 1L at a respected and underrated T3 school. Nevertheless, it is a T3, and the curve rule is that the mean average per class must fall between 2.5 and 3.0 (basically, that means a 2.7 -- your typical T3, in other words). I pulled a 3.05 GPA, which is pretty good but personally disappointing (A- Contracts, B in Torts, C+ Civ Pro I and B in Crim). Can anyone from experience estimate how that GPA might translate into class rank. I ask because only the top 40% is eligible to write its way onto Law Review, which is important to me. My sense is that I'm probably top 35% or so, but I have no basis for that.
Either way, I guess you could call this an excellent start. A lawyer friend told me when he got his first job, the firm only looked at his second semester, first-year grades. So I just need to keep working on learning jurisprudential thinking and cleaner analytical writing.