In several of the smaller markets I'm looking at, local ties seem to be a HUGE deal. I had one interview over the holiday, and every person I interviewed spent most of the time pushing to see why I was interested in the firm and the area, and my previous ties to the community were a big selling point (I think anyways)
I just got my grades in, and they aren't nearly what I wanted. They aren't really bad, but they are pretty average. It definitely puts larger markets out of range. But I'm still hoping that my home state smaller cities will pull through. Several of the firms I'm interested in are coming to campus for spring interviews. Do you think that average grades will overpower my local ties in the end? I've been in contact with several of the recruiting coordinators since December, and they've already expressed interest in meeting with me during the interview season, but I'm really worried that when it comes down to it, my grades will push me out of the initial interview drop period. What do you think my chances are at even scoring the interviews, much less the job?