BackToTheOldHouse wrote:This system seems pretty odd. Why be so secretive about the distinctions if firms will see your grades anyway? I'm guessing most/all firms doing OCI will be familiar with Berkeley's grading system and figure out a way to determine relative class ranking anyway, no?
One last question--do profs give actual letter/numerical grades that then just get turned into HH's, H's, P's? If so, then ranking could still theoretically be done if administration ever decided to change this system. If not, then profs probably really like this system as it allows them to (easily) determine the top 25% then just give everyone else P's.
1. "This has played an important role in contributing to the collaborative culture of this academic community. Your respect for this practice will help to maintain this collaborative culture." Academic Rule 3.07A, available at http://law.berkeley.edu/184.htm
2. Yes, firms coming to Boalt will have an idea of where people shake out. But, it keeps them from arbitrarily picking a number like "top 25% only" and excluding Mr./Ms. 25.1%.
3. Profs make the HH/H/P determination. That is all they report to the registrar (apart from AMJUR (top in class) and best brief, etc.)
4. The top 25% designation is only for the distinction category. HH/H combined for 1L year must be <=40%, with HH <=10%. The rest get Ps (or lower).
Also, WRT the 40% jobless estimate: I haven't heard any numbers from the CDO, but 40% unemployed doesn't jive with the experience of those I know. I do know a few folks who struck out at OCI, but they have since found paid work. And the estimate may have been before the PI/PS hiring started in earnest.