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What kind of grades do you need to do well in OCIs?

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I'm sure it differs depending on the firm, and i have a feeling some firms may look at one's performance in particular courses. To what extent do extracurriculars and undergrad grades impact prospects? How about networking? 

Any insight would be appreciated. If you could share the grades you and/or people you know had and the firms that gave you OCI invitations, and ultimately offers, that would be great. 

Thanks in advance, homies. 

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Since no one else is answering, I'll give you a basic answer that you may or may not like. 

ECs and undergrad grades don't matter much.  The type of undergrad degree can matter in select circumstances if it's business or science/engineering.  

My opinion on networking for OCIs is that it doesn't do anything unless you're close friends with a partner or something.  No one cares about the 15 minute long coffee chat you had with a junior associate or articling student.  

I'm not gonna say anything about grades.  Not because I can't or don't know, but I know what it's like being a 1L and all it's going to do is set a pointless target for you and add to the stress.  Just get the best grades you can.  What I will say is that, according to the facts sheet the CDO sent out during the summer, about 85% of students participating in OCIs got at least one interview.  So, congrats, you're almost guaranteed an interview if you apply somewhat broadly and don't totally shit the bed in 1L, and grades matter less and less once you're gotten an interview.  

 

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I agree with the above post by @Shankar re: undergrad grades and networking. But, ECs definitely matter. They can be important indicators of your interest areas, and show the amount of effort you've put into pursuing them. If you want to go into litigation, firms will care about whether you did clinics or moots; if you couldn't get into a clinic or moot, you may be able to make up for that by being involved in a litigation-related club. If you figured out what interests you at a point when your selected courses won't reflect it, or you weren't able to get into a desired course, perhaps you can demonstrate that interest through meaningful extracurricular involvement. In short, ECs can be used to demonstrate genuine interest in a practice area.

Also, I highly doubt anyone will tell you their grades/OCIs/offers - that would be a fairly identifying combination.

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Your question is potentially 2 fold.

Doing well in OCI's could either mean

- getting a lot of OCI interviews

- landing one or more offers

For the first one, having a B+/A- 1L average and a rudimentary ability to cobble together a resume will do.

For the second, honestly, that's still a bit of a mystery.

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Every school has its own grade system.  Whatever puts you in roughly the top third to top quartile of the class is going to net you some interviews.

In terms of ECs and networking, I can only answer for my own firm: both are just kind of interview fodder, and as @barelylegal says we can tell something about your interests from ECs.  If you take typical ECs like Law Review or Pro Bono --- which are great, I loved them and still do lots of the latter, but are not unique at all --- then for me, it mostly shows how much time you have.  If there are two identical students with a 3.89 GPA, then the one with ECs might be smarter and harder working than the one with none. 

If you've done a ton of networking, then I might know who to introduce you to at the cocktail party and we might talk about that person a bit.  Meh.  The real value in networking for you is getting the inside scoop on a firm beyond the shiny veneer of their website.

My interviewing process looks like this:

- Review CV and grades for anything I think I can talk to this person about for a while, whether it's an undergrad course, an award, job or EC

- Do that

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