I found this blog post about unpaid internships Above the Law blog and it got me thinking about credentials and whether your GPA will give you an edge in getting hired as a paralegal. I’ve been working hard to keep my GPA high, but I noticed that other students in the paralegal studies program at Colorado Technical University attend class about half the time and are shopping for shoes or browsing Facebook during class. Participation in online forums is an important part of these law classes and some students don’t participate in those either. Yet, their framed degree hanging on the wall will look exactly like mine. So, am I’m busting my butt for nothing?
I worked for a law firm in Minneapolis in the early 1980s and remember how law firms used to compete to hire law students from Harvard or Duke University. They wanted the brightest and the best students as law clerks, and waited patiently as they studied to pass the bar exam and then proudly added their name on the letterhead as attorneys.
Does this still happen today? Will getting good grades give me an edge in the hiring process? I hope so.