I don't know if law school grades are necessarily illustrative of good attorneys. A three hour law school exam with some MC questions doesn't mean someone can handle the pressure of long hours, client control, opposing counsel being a-holes, and all the other stuff inherent in practice that you don't deal with in school. It would be nice if the ABA required a uniform curve though it seems like law schools are really giving out A's & B's only now and any school that actually hands out C's or says this passing, but barely gets in trouble. The manipulation of the numbers in law school just needs to stop period.This is getting of topic from the OP and as you can see first semester grades are far from everything there are numerous problems with the current system. Problems exist in every system anyways, but your going to be fine with a 2.9.
No my school had essays and MC's, but I wouldn't say a law school exam essay translates to the practice of law. Maybe to some extent issue spotting, analysis, might be somewhat indicative, but if you got the model Contracts Exam answer in Contracts that won't really help you in an actual contract case deposing witnesses, sifting through files, researching, negotiating, on and on. Being able to determine there was no consideration is a piece in all of that, but not the end all be all of your skills as an attorney.