How Your GPA Makes A Difference And Why LLAs Can Make You Look Academic
[00:00:00] I received a less than ideal GPA in law school due to health concerns, non-member recovered but have a lower GPA and a one-year gap. Is LLM going to help me get it in the door?
If it's in a practice area that is going to be helpful for you. It depends on the practice here at LLMs is not good. So if you want to be like education or something, and you have an education background, maybe an education LLM can be helpful.
If you have a healthcare background, it could be helpful, or if you have a tax could be helpful, but just because you didn't get a great high GPA in law school, most of the best attorneys do not give a lot of the best turns. Didn't get the best GPA, these are things that you learn in the long run, the longer they're practicing in terms of how to be a good attorney and so forth.
I think that your GPA makes a difference. I think you can always get a job with a law firm. There are tons of law firms out there that would be interested in you regardless of where you went to law school. So I don't think of it all. In many cases, I think LLMs hurt because they can make you look academic.
They delay your timing of starting and so forth with a firm, that sort of thing. But certainly, there are [00:01:00] good LLMs out there and different things. I just get an LLM that the grades are typically inflated now on programs. And I don't think it's going to help you get in the door.
I think what you need to do if you want to get a good job is to try to apply to a lot of places, just to make sure that you're doing the best you can. Getting a bad GPA and law school, frankly, that's something they use in major markets but for most attorneys really, it's not the most important thing for law firms because of your grades.
When a large law firm has hundreds of people applying for a job, they need something to eliminate people with. But after that's it. When the market's tight and there are a lot of people competing for jobs, they're not going to try to eliminate you based on your grades.
If you're complying for very competitive jobs, a $200,000 a year job for a first-year associate is a competitive job. But if you're not, the grades aren't going to be as big of an issue.
And there's a lot of law firms looking for people. You just need to be able to get out there and find them.