I still think that the grading curve is something to consider when deciding where to go, even if you believe employers do not place much weight on GPA.
Harsher curves lead to more competitive school environments and this in turn affects how helpful classmates are.
When you attend a school with a harsher curve, you don't only have to worry about being toward the top of the class, you also have to worry about not failing out! This is especially worrisome because law school exams are so subjective and there is very little difference between an "a" exam and a "b" exam. I really think this makes the whole law school experience so much stressful.
Someone posted this on their LSN and I thought it was extremely helpful:
The bell curve and grade normalization is typical across most of the law schools, but place special attention to the grade distribution and what constitutes an "A" or "B". I'm sure all of us expect to do well in school, but look at the attrition rate - well for Whittier, it is expected that 31.2% - 40% of the class will not return (some will transfer to other schools, but most will "choose" to leave while still in good standing and others will be "asked" to leave while in bad standing. If you are in bad standing you won't be able to even get in at a CBA school. You'll have to regroup and choose a different career path and pay off your huge loans.) Here are two grade distributions for law school pulled from the schools' websites.
For Whittier, it is a skewed bell curve:
B's 15-25% (With A's & B's accounting for a minimum of 15% and a max of 30% of the grade distribution)
F's 0-10% (With D's & F's accounting for a minimum of 20% and a max of 35% of the grade distribution)
For comparison, look at Golden Gate's grade distribution:
B's 45-60% (With A's & B's accounting for a minimum of 50% and a max of 80% of the grade distribution)
D's and below 0-5%
Again, I do not advocate deciding on a school solely because of their curve but I do think it's something to consider and be aware of.