Hello! Any tips on entering big law upon graduation. Currently, a 3L at a New York school (not top ranked), 3.17 GPA. I do have great work experience working as a state judicial law intern, member of a hybrid SA program between my school and a big-law firm, and currently as an intern working on Smart Contracts and a legal advisor to the company’s CLM team. However, its been difficult to get my foot in the door and I am worried its because of my grades. Can anyone provide some advice?

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If you didn’t work in big law as a 2L and you don’t have massive grade improvement or some massive luck in networking, big law likely isn’t too realistic unfortunately. At least not upon graduation.

Your best bet would be to get experience at a smaller or boutique firm in a highly in demand niche area of law for 2-3 years such as cryptocurrency or blockchain. You might be able to leverage experience to get into a big law associate need.

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Thank you for your advice, I have been working on some apps dealing with crypto law while in school, so that’s great in my opinion! Appreciate it!

Network, network, network. If you’re interested in litigation try doing a clerkship first. The commercial division in NYC is a good place to go for a year.

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Thank you for your advice, it is greatly appreciated!

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