Dmini7 wrote:I saw BruceWayne mention it in a different post, but I think he was also referring to the fact that there is no real script to follow as long as the median comes out to a 3.3. So for some classes A teacher may give out lots of A's, but balance it out with a hefty amount of C's. Obviously the A's help some students, but giving out a ton of C's will invariably sink nearly any chance those students had at Big Law. I believe this was something he mentioned in one of his posts, but I hope he can come back to fix it.
For any individual class at UVA, the mean (not median) has to come out to between a 3.25 and a 3.35. So yes, if some professors want to give more As, they'd have to balance it out with some/more Cs. I think you're overestimating how many Cs a "hefty" amount is, though. We aren't talking about double digits, and with very rare exceptions (in non-1L classes), it's under 5 or none at all.
To be honest, I think pushing a handful of the worst exams from B- to C+ and correspondingly giving a couple more A-s instead of B+s is a net benefit in terms of students getting biglaw from UVA. A student in that mushy slightly above median area will be helped quite a bit more than the bottom 10% student.