Say you're going to a decent university such as Boston College or NYU and got a cumulative GPA of 3.2 (87%) freshman year (I hate the fact that there's a massive .5 difference in GPA between a B+ and an A-, which initially seem so close -- bummer seeing as I could have obtained that A- by working a bit harder in those classes or by not making stupid mistakes on tests). Seeing as the median GPA for a school like Harvard Law School would be 3.8 or so, that means I would more or less have to get straight A's from now until the end of college in order to have a realistic chance of getting in (factoring LSATs out). I know I would basically have to work my ass off all two and a half years (credits from IB means I get to graduate half a year early), with no solid guarantee that I would actually get all straight As (but I'd say definitely an improvement from 3.2).
My question is, is it worth it?
The reason I would like to go to a top law school is that it seems to ease some of the pressure later off of finding a job, as you know that firms tend to go crazy over people who come from top law schools even if you did mediocre. At least that's what I've heard.