dresden doll wrote: A'nold wrote: dresden doll wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Like someone said above, it usually comes down to the resume if you don't have the grades. People with a few years of work experience had pretty good OCI performance this year even with median grades.
Telling OP he must be a bad interviewer if he hasn't landed a job from CLS/NYU shows a lack of understanding of the situation here and how the process works generally. It's not binary between great interviewee and poor one. There's a passing interview too, one that gets you the job if you have other qualifications. Probably 90% of the people at my school fall into that category, but not all of them have the other qualifications.
This should be stickied. The personality
/interviewing skills babble is the most tiring feature of the employment forum as a whole.
I'm not surprised to see you saying this.....
And I'm not surprised that you'd say that.
Anyway, A and O is correct. Grading isn't all that arbitrary. Apart from exactly one grade, I can pretty much say I deserved all of my 1L grades.
Really, if grading were so arbitrary, same people wouldn't continuously score well on all types of exams administered by all types of professors. Certain students just know how to do well in LS, period.
I don't think the professors grade unfairly or that the exams are unfair or anything like that. It's just the nature of the law school curve that there have to be relatively arbitrary cutoffs, because certain amounts of people have to earn certain grades.
There's other things you can't account for as well. For an exam I took last semester, I was studying and on the last day realized that I missed a particular day of class, so the last thing I did the night before the exam was listen to the recording of that day's lecture. On the exam was a hypothetical that the professor had gone over in depth on that particular day, and I remember exactly how they had gone through the problem. I ended up making an A on that exam, and I'm positive I wouldn't have if I hadn't randomly listened to that recording. On the flip side, it's certainly possible to not pay much attention to a particular topic, and then have that represent an inordinately large portion of the final exam. That's just the way things are going to be when you're given a 3 hour exam that determines 100% of your grade in a particular class.
Again, I'm not complaining and saying that I was graded lower than I deserved. I didn't work very hard 1L year, and I'm just kicking myself for that. I worked harder last semester and from the grades I've gotten back so far I did better than 1L year, which is clearly a case of shutting the barn door after the horse is gone.