School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

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School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby GueritaPeloChino » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:18 pm

The two schools I am choosing between are very much the same in terms of ranking and location. I am a bit scared about the low curve at School A, while school B has no curve. School B claims to "give students the grade they earn." What are the pros and cons of the grading curve? Ultimately, doesn't it all come down to "rank" anyway? Or do average or low grades look bad regardless if you're top of your class?

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby Kilpatrick » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:21 pm

Never heard of a law school worth going to that doesn't curve. If the school is Whittier or Western State then you are asking the wrong question.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby Cupidity » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:25 pm

Grades do matter, irrespective of the rank. One of our 3 sections has a tighter curve than we have, 3.72=10% in A and 3.64=10% in B, and I've noticed that that section A students with a 3.65-3.7 have been outplacing the low end of the top 10% in B.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby firemed » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:26 pm

Kilpatrick wrote:Never heard of a law school worth going to that doesn't curve. If the school is Whittier or Western State then you are asking the wrong question.


My school (T2) claims they don't do a mandatory curve... rather each class' professor can curve or not as they choose. Of course the 2Ls I have talked to seem to contradict this... so who knows.

Also, Yale doesn't curve. Cuz they don't do grades.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby starchinkilt » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:28 pm

Kilpatrick wrote:Never heard of a law school worth going to that doesn't curve. If the school is Whittier or Western State then you are asking the wrong question.


My old (T2) school didn't have a required curve. Some professors curved, some didn't. In classes with profs who didn't curve, anyone who deserved an A got one.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby westbayguy » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:17 pm

firemed wrote:Kilpatrick wrote:
Never heard of a law school worth going to that doesn't curve.


Yale doesn't curve

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby duckmoney » Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:40 pm

westbayguy wrote:
firemed wrote:Kilpatrick wrote:
Never heard of a law school worth going to that doesn't curve.


Yale doesn't curve


Ah ha. So obviously OP should go to Yale. That was easy.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby Kilpatrick » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:02 pm

I wasn't counting Yale obviously. Good to know about the T2 schools without curves though, I didn't know. I still maintain that OP shouldn't be going to law school.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby firemed » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:25 pm

Kilpatrick wrote:I wasn't counting Yale obviously. Good to know about the T2 schools without curves though, I didn't know. I still maintain that OP shouldn't be going to law school.


But you don't actually know who they are choosing between. If it is between our two T2s (one of which I know has great regional presence) then it might be worthwhile to know which schools so we could advice OP better.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby Kilpatrick » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:34 pm

firemed wrote:
Kilpatrick wrote:I wasn't counting Yale obviously. Good to know about the T2 schools without curves though, I didn't know. I still maintain that OP shouldn't be going to law school.


But you don't actually know who they are choosing between. If it is between our two T2s (one of which I know has great regional presence) then it might be worthwhile to know which schools so we could advice OP better.


viewtopic.php?f=1&t=159649

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby starchinkilt » Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:35 pm

firemed wrote:
Kilpatrick wrote:I wasn't counting Yale obviously. Good to know about the T2 schools without curves though, I didn't know. I still maintain that OP shouldn't be going to law school.


But you don't actually know who they are choosing between. If it is between our two T2s (one of which I know has great regional presence) then it might be worthwhile to know which schools so we could advice OP better.


OP's post history shows he's looking at Whittier and Western St., so I think I'm gonna go with Kilpatrick and say stay away.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby firemed » Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:01 pm

Kilpatrick wrote:
firemed wrote:
Kilpatrick wrote:I wasn't counting Yale obviously. Good to know about the T2 schools without curves though, I didn't know. I still maintain that OP shouldn't be going to law school.


But you don't actually know who they are choosing between. If it is between our two T2s (one of which I know has great regional presence) then it might be worthwhile to know which schools so we could advice OP better.


viewtopic.php?f=1&t=159649



Oh.... gosh. OK... yeah, OP needs to retake and try again next year in my opinion.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby GueritaPeloChino » Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:16 pm

I was going to receive outside funding for my legal education so I wasn't worried about graduating with debt. But then it hit me--> No debt, but likely not a decent job after graduation, either. =/

Retaking LSAT this Fall.

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Re: School with Grading Curve vs. School with No curve

Postby firemed » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:45 am

GueritaPeloChino wrote:I was going to receive outside funding for my legal education so I wasn't worried about graduating with debt. But then it hit me--> No debt, but likely not a decent job after graduation, either. =/

Retaking LSAT this Fall.


This is FTW.




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