Great Satchmo wrote:In general. And I should amend my statement to say that I have never heard of a credible source or even very credible argument for doing it. Remember that schools don't give scholarships out of charity. They want to lure those students away from higher ranked/competing schools and expect those students to be among the cream of the crop to pad their employment stats and make alumni donations in the future.
Not only would section stacking discourage future 0L's, as it is here, but would skew their numbers to ruin the employment prospects for some of their most promising students. It is silly. While they would save some scholarship money, they would lose much more in legitimacy and employment numbers.
If it were egregious I'm sure it would destroy their reputation, but I'd be a little surprised if no one out there did it. I don't believe in pure malevolence from the schools, but I do see law school as an increasingly business-oriented environment, and not everything is altruistic.
Anyhow, I'm less concerned about the intent of the school and more so how I'll do. The 82/100 is rough, although I believe I can do it without too much issue, it may not allow much wiggle room if I have a tough time adjusting to the coursework or have something extraordinary happen to ding my grades. I just want a buffer to know that I don't have to pull my hair out and worry about paying $100k. I'll vie for the top anyhow, as it is part of my nature and in my interests for jobs, but no one is perfect.