JazzOne wrote:I was probably the one who came off like a douche. I'm much older than most of the other students, and I'm not bashful to speak in front of a group. I did find it a little odd how much the women bragged about their credentials during breaks.
(Disclaimer: I'm not a misogynist, I swear.) I suspect that the women might have been dealing with a certain amount of...insecurity, let's say, with starting in a field that is pretty damn male dominated. I feel pretty certain that no matter how confident each of us is overall, there's at least a little part that occasionally goes, "According to everybody ever, 1L will crush the souls of the weak into a fine powder to sell to BigLaw partners to snort along with their cocaine, am I at all prepared?" (or something to that effect). Basically, I wouldn't be surprised to find that pre-1L insecurity combined with trying to break into a profession with a rep for being an old boy's club.
Or they could just all be vapid self-centered bitches, what do I know?
Just for you, great sir.
CIV PRO (4 small sections, 1 large lecture)
11 A+s, 29 As, 34 A-s, 54 B+s, 26 Bs, 38 B-s, 11 C+s, 5 Cs
Notes: The small-section profs--with the exception of C. Silver, who awarded 2 A+s--awarded only 1 A+. P. Hansen's section performed the best (grades ranged from B- to A+).
CON LAW 1 (4 small sections, 1 large lecture)
7 A+s, 34 As, 41 A-s, 43 B+s, 32 Bs, 23 B-s, 14 C+s, 5 Cs, 1 D
Notes: Of the small-section profs, Steiker, who co-directs the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, awarded the most grades in the A range: 1 A+, 3 As, and 9 A-s. And he only awarded 2 B+s! Who wants Steiker for ConLaw?
CONTRACTS (2 large lectures, 1 slightly larger lecture)
13 A+s, 49 As, 40 A-s, 95 B+s, 56 Bs, 30 B-s, 16 C+s, 2 Cs, 1 D, 1 F
Notes: All 3 profs are stingy with their A+s, no matter how you look at it. Contracts blows.
CRIM LAW 1 (4 small sections, 2 large lectures)
16 A+s, 48 As, 48 A-s, 75 B+s, 48 Bs, 37 B-s, 17 C+s, 5 Cs, 1 D, 1 F
Notes: With the exception of Jinks, the small-section profs gave at least 1 A+. Still, Jinks's class fared better than the others (grade distribution: 3 As, 7 A-s, 7 B+s, 3 Bs, and 5 B-s). Klein did not play when grading his small section--he awarded every grade possible!
PROPERTY (1 large lecture)
4 A+s, 16 As, 19 A-s, 31 B+s, 16 Bs, 7 B-s, 6 C+s, 4 Cs, 1 D
TORTS (4 small sections)
6 A+s, 16 As, 15 A-s, 21 B+s, 20 Bs, 12 B-s, 6 C+s, 1 C
Notes: Both Avraham and Stapleton awarded 2 A+s, 4 As, 3 A-s. F. Cross awarded 3 As, 6 A-s. McGarty awarded 2 A+s, 5 As, 3 A-s. Avraham did not award grades lower than a B-; the others awarded 2 C+s per section, with McGarity including 1 C .
It's probably for the best that they just assign our professors for us 1L. I recall the Human Situation course we had to take freshman year where we were allowed to choose our discussion leaders. The in-demand professors' classes filled up within, literally, ten seconds in some cases. If you weren't waiting at the sign-up page ready to hit the button when registration opened, you missed out.
It caused a lot of bad blood in some instances.
At least this way we don't have to stress out about picking the most generous professors! Small blessings, I know.