Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Thinking about Grades

Welcome back. We hope you had a relaxing break.

Most of you are probably a little disappointed in your grades. We know this because it happens every year. There are two things to keep in mind about law school grades: (1) law school grading is very different from undergraduate grading; and (2) you can probably improve your exam performance, but it will take some effort.

If you want to improve your performance on law exams, there are several things that you can do:

  • review your first-semester exams with your professors;
  • attend the academic success workshop on Feb. 1 from 3:30–6 on how to improve law school performance; and
  • meet with Prof. Schmitz, director of the Academic Success program.

Austin Groothuis, at CALI's Pre-Law Blog, has this advice on Your First Semester Grades in Law School.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think Dahlia Lithwick, Slate's Supreme Court reporter, has some great advice about grades:

"Ignore your grades. I mean it. Recognize that you will take some class pass/fail, study from the Nutshell the night before the test, and get an A, whereas you will outline some other class to within an inch of your life, teach a clinic on it, create an outline used by students for the next 70 years, and still get a C+ on the final. Why are all laws of intellectual physics so utterly upended at law school? Hell if I know. Something to do with forests and trees. But my advice is to just ignore the grades. Send 'em home and have your parents call you if you failed something. You will get a job. They don't matter."

"Life is short. Misery is overrated. . . . Learn, question, make a precious lifelong friend, . . . dig your own path....You'll probably be a better lawyer for it."