SBL wrote: androstan wrote: ogurty wrote:
androstan wrote:What a wonderful system. Curved grading that insures half of entering students can pay tuition for 3 years but will be lucky to ever find gainful employment.
My wife is finishing up pharmacy school in May. Nothing was graded on a mandatory curve but plenty of people still manage to do poorly. At least with them we can feel confident they just didn't know the material (or they did other stupid things that reflect poorly on their ability to be a competent professional i.e. late night drinking before exam). You either know the subject matter, prepare adequately, take things seriously and get good grades or you don't.
Not in LS. You can know the subject matter extraordinarily well, but as long some argument can be made for why the grader likes 50 other students' responses better than yours, you're SOL.
Step 1: abolish curve
Step 2: everyone gets a 4.0 who earns it
Step 3: everyone gets biglaw! who earns it
Why didn't anyone think of this before??
Other grad programs don't need a curve to prevent everyone from getting a 4.0.
What you're not getting is the chicken-and-egg-ness of the curve. Law firms don't (and won't) want to hire more than 20-25% of people from these schools. The curve is as good a way as any to help them figure out which 20-25% to take. If we got rid of the curve, they wouldn't suddenly find openings for half of the class.
Of course they wouldn't suddenly find more openings. However, mandatory curve is NOT "as good as any" way to tell firms which 25% to hire. If your knowledge/application of the law is good enough, you should get the grade that goes with that level. If everyone in the class is excellent, has great knowledge, great application, etc. they should all get similar grades.
Law firms can then use plenty of other criteria to stratify the class. Past WE, leadership roles, moot court, journal, recommendations, writing samples, etc. etc. etc. The mandatory curve is A criterion for separating students, but it can often become an arbitrary one when a majority of the class is of a very high quality. There's no reason to introduce additional arbitrariness into candidate evaluation.