Dear Katie: How important are grades? (Parts 1 and 2)

A reader wrote to me to ask whether anyone other than A+ honours students gets jobs after law school, which is a fair question because the message perpetuated in law school seems to be a resounding no (this is wrong).

In Part 1 of my response I address the issue of grades vs jobs specifically, incorporating information I got from a lovely legal recruiter I know. In Part 2 I zoom right out to the issue of grades and worth, an issue that as a recovering high-achiever (who did not do honours, by the by) I have grappled with for decades now. Even if you’re no longer in the position of receiving letter grades for your work, you can substitute feedback of any kind and get a similar result.

Grades represent the dumb, imperfect, often hazardous system we have to live by for now. It helps to remember that they are far from everything, even while all the messages you receive while at university might say otherwise. (One day, I hope we do better.)

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