What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

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What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby 2807 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:58 am

Sorry, I cannot get a grasp on this.

1. Is an incoming class always divided into large groups (sections)? WHY?

2. Are the people in the section together for all classes first year?

3. Is the grading curve based off of your section only?

I am wondering if people can be in a classes and the person sitting next to you is NOT in your "section" are your grades/curve decided differently? That seems crazy.

Do they put all the "smartest" together? Do they put the lower scoring (LSAT / GPA) people with the highest scoring?

I asked about this at an open house at a local law school and they had no idea what I was talking about when I asked about "sections". I'm going to another open house soon, I would like to be more informed! Thanks

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Re: What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby dougroberts » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:12 am

Yes to your three questions.

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Postby dougroberts » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:13 am

2807 wrote:Do they put all the "smartest" together? Do they put the lower scoring (LSAT / GPA) people with the highest scoring?


Rumor is yes, there is section stacking at all/most schools, but of course there isn't any proof of this, so don't worry about section staking.

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Postby Eugenie Danglars » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:17 am

Have you read Harry Potter? House=section is a decent analogies. Just like all the Gryffindors take Transfiguration together, all 1L's in a given section will have Torts together. To extend the analogy, Professor McGonagall will determine the Transfiguration curve for the Gryffindors alone. The Ravenclaws might have a different curve. And Hogwarts is upfront about section stacking- Ravenclaw gets the clever folks.

/nerdiness

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Postby 2807 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:28 am

I have no grasp of any Harry Potter reference. I have never seen any of it, quite to the dismay of my niece and nephew. Sorry. What the heck is a hogwart? goodgrief....

I'm old. 39. Now, you want to talk Jawa's, Jedi's, or Blair and Natalie, or David Lee Roth, then I'm in.

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Re: What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby kazu » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:32 am

Eugenie Danglars wrote:Have you read Harry Potter? House=section is a decent analogies. Just like all the Gryffindors take Transfiguration together, all 1L's in a given section will have Torts together. To extend the analogy, Professor McGonagall will determine the Transfiguration curve for the Gryffindors alone. The Ravenclaws might have a different curve. And Hogwarts is upfront about section stacking- Ravenclaw gets the clever folks.

/nerdiness

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Postby Eugenie Danglars » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:42 am

2807 wrote:I have no grasp of any Harry Potter reference. I have never seen any of it, quite to the dismay of my niece and nephew. Sorry. What the heck is a hogwart? goodgrief....

I'm old. 39. Now, you want to talk Jawa's, Jedi's, or Blair and Natalie, or David Lee Roth, then I'm in.


Sorry for being too modern. Ok...ummm....

Every year, the Jedi training school receives a bunch of young trainees. They split them into groups. To encourage brotherly Jedi bondingness, each group (or section) of young Jedi take their classes together. All together for levitation lessons, all together for light saber 101, etc. When the Jedi masters go to determine the grades, they look at each group individually. (Because it would be unfair to penalize the kiddos who didn't benefit from being in Anakin's section, clearly.) And the Jedi masters, unlike most law schools, probably don't section stack because they are so fair-minded.

Yeah, the Harry Potter one was better...

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Postby 2807 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:47 am

Nice. Confusing, but funny. "A" for effort.

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Re: What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby Eugenie Danglars » Sat Nov 06, 2010 10:49 am

2807 wrote:Nice. Confusing, but funny. "A" for effort.


Yeah, I know, I tried. :-)

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Re: What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby tea_drinker » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:36 am

Eugenie Danglars wrote:Have you read Harry Potter? House=section is a decent analogies. Just like all the Gryffindors take Transfiguration together, all 1L's in a given section will have Torts together. To extend the analogy, Professor McGonagall will determine the Transfiguration curve for the Gryffindors alone. The Ravenclaws might have a different curve. And Hogwarts is upfront about section stacking- Ravenclaw gets the clever folks.

/nerdiness



This post makes my day. :D :D :D

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Postby Hedwig » Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:16 pm

tbldc2009 wrote:
Eugenie Danglars wrote:Have you read Harry Potter? House=section is a decent analogies. Just like all the Gryffindors take Transfiguration together, all 1L's in a given section will have Torts together. To extend the analogy, Professor McGonagall will determine the Transfiguration curve for the Gryffindors alone. The Ravenclaws might have a different curve. And Hogwarts is upfront about section stacking- Ravenclaw gets the clever folks.

/nerdiness



This post makes my day. :D :D :D


Hahahaha, you just made me like ten times happier I'm applying to law school, just with that post.

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Re: What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby yoitsmebenny » Sat Nov 06, 2010 12:23 pm

HP references...beautiful. Who's got their tickets for the new movie already??

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Re: What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby acrossthelake » Sat Nov 06, 2010 1:44 pm

Eugenie Danglars wrote:Have you read Harry Potter? House=section is a decent analogies. Just like all the Gryffindors take Transfiguration together, all 1L's in a given section will have Torts together. To extend the analogy, Professor McGonagall will determine the Transfiguration curve for the Gryffindors alone. The Ravenclaws might have a different curve. And Hogwarts is upfront about section stacking- Ravenclaw gets the clever folks.

/nerdiness


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2807 wrote:I have no grasp of any Harry Potter reference. I have never seen any of it, quite to the dismay of my niece and nephew. Sorry. What the heck is a hogwart? goodgrief....

I'm old. 39. Now, you want to talk Jawa's, Jedi's, or Blair and Natalie, or David Lee Roth, then I'm in.


My dad is in his 50s and he read them all before I did!

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Re: What is the deal with "sections" in classes?

Postby Grizz » Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:16 pm

dougroberts wrote:
2807 wrote:Do they put all the "smartest" together? Do they put the lower scoring (LSAT / GPA) people with the highest scoring?


Rumor is yes, there is section stacking at all/most schools, but of course there isn't any proof of this, so don't worry about section staking.


What probably actually DOES happen at schools is that they give out scholarships with a "top quarter" requirement to half of the class, so it feels like section stacking.




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