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2.9 after 1L First Semester at T10

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:19 am
by nerdylsat
I Got a B-, B, and a B, in my doctrinal classes after my first 1L semester and a 2.9 gpa.

My career counselor told me to get my gpa up to 3.3 or 3.4 this semester so that I could and 1L year at around 3.2 hopefully.

I'm working harder this semester but I just don't know if I can actually get there. English is my second language and I have relevant work-experience which is a slight plus, but still. Aiming for biglaw/private sector.

How screwed am I?

Re: 2.9 after 1L First Semester at T10

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:25 am
by BrainsyK
If you are not URM and your grades do not improve, you are very, very screwed. It's one thing to be significantly below median, but you are probably in the bottom 5% of your class. If English is your second language, I'm going to assume you probably have a noticeable accent. I think that will ultimately be the thing that will sink you.

The good news is that the nature of the curve is to pull you towards the middle so you'll probably improve this semester because you'll have a fire lit under your ass and if not that, then just regression toward the mean.

Re: 2.9 after 1L First Semester at T10

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:57 am
by ExperssioUnius
To pull up from a 2.9 to a 3.4 is far from easy and I'm not sure a 3.2 GPA will really get you there. I don't know of too many people (really anyone) who goes from a 2.9 first semester to a top 30% or so GPA second semester. Further, it sounds like your grade problem may be more related to your language skills than your legal reasoning, work ethic, or approach to the material. It is not likely that a language skills issue will disappear in a semester.

Bottom line, if you're dead set on big law, I think you're in a very tough spot. Depending on what your primary language is, your best bet might be to find a biglaw firm with a considerable presence in a country that speaks your primary language with the hopes of starting out doing transactional work abroad where your language skills will be an asset. Not sure I really see another path to biglaw for you and I don't think a 3.2 will get you something in house straight out of law school.

Re: 2.9 after 1L First Semester at T10

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:20 pm
by Wild Card
Get a good summer job and try to pull your GPA above a 3.0.

Re: 2.9 after 1L First Semester at T10

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:17 am
by SolemnMan
Odds are not looking good. It's even worse if you're not a U.S. citizen/permanent resident.

Re: 2.9 after 1L First Semester at T10

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:35 am
by BKB
English being a second language myself, I would say US biglaw is mostly out. Unless you have a full ride maybe consider dropping out to cut loss. You can go back to prior legal work, work a few years, and get a good LLM--much less costly/risky than your current situation.

Re: 2.9 after 1L First Semester at T10

Posted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:52 am
by Keilz
I’m a 1L but I think mostly all of the posts in this thread are overblown. If you search this site you’ll see other people in similar positions, and from what I could tell, most people ended up fine. Just because your 1L grades aren’t the best doesn’t mean you’ll graduate with that gpa. Additionally, from my school, I’ve seen numbers that more than half of people with below a 3 still got a job from oci, so work closely with your career office and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Good luck!