thelawschoolproject wrote:romothesavior wrote:You're simply wrong. Self-confidence and grades have nothing to do with each other. I know a lot of confident people who got owned in law school, and a lot of people who used fear to motivate them to do well. It is all about knowing how to take the exam. Most people in law school have similar academic capabilities and intelligence. But if you've never taken a law school exam, you have no reason to be confident.
As a former teacher, I can guarantee you that confidence has quite a bit to do with academic performance. Students who lack confidence in their work tend to not seek extra help and frequently feel overwhelmed. This is definitely not 100% of cases, but in my experience some amount confidence is necessary for success. It is true that one could be over confident to the point their arrogance hinders their performance. I'll concede that LS is different from other types of coursework, but to completely disregard the confidence of a student in her work when discussing her academic performance is a poor pedagogical approach.
No offense, but if you haven't been to law school, you really don't know how it is. Confidence may say something about one's abilities if you're in a random UG class. Take that random UG class and pluck the top person or two from it, do that at other universities and then you start to see why your point doesn't really make sense. In LS, your peers have pretty much the same academic background as you do. Everyone scored in the 96+ percentile on a stupid standardized test. Everyone for the most part has a good undergrad record. Essentially, you had to have had success to be there. Whether one is confident or not tells us very little about one's prospects for doing well. You cannot use confidence as a proxy for past academic success, because everyone in a given LS class will pretty much have a similar level of past success. At that level of distillation, confidence just speaks to someone's personality. I'm very neurotic with pretty low confidence, but I did quite well in LS.