Include GPA below 3 on resume?

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Aston2412
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Re: Include GPA below 3 on resume?

Postby Aston2412 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:17 pm

gwuorbust wrote:I generally agree with your posts, but here I think you are flat out, 100% wrong. You don't have to "do" anything "wrong" to get a C+. At my school with a 3.25 grading curve everyone knows what they are talking about when it comes to the exam and spot the most important issues. The people with a C+ generally do know what they are talking about..they just don't write as good of an answer as others. And in no way does it reflect on their capabilities or abilities as a potential lawyer IMO.


More specifically, on an exam you can know and write down 99% of the material that is tested on. If everyone else in the class writes down 99.01% or higher, guess what? You get the lowest grade in the class, even though you only missed 1% of the material. Obviously this is an extreme instance, but it doesn't really lend itself to testing how much an individual actually knows about the law - it tests how much individuals know about the law, relative to other students in THAT class with THAT professor.

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Re: Include GPA below 3 on resume?

Postby seatown12 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:49 pm

I got a C+ in Con Law I and I definitely deserved it. If a person has the same access to information and opportunity to learn as the rest of the class but is less able to articulate that information on an exam I think that failure is meaningful. There is no reason to assume that a person who performed worse than everyone in his actual class would outperform any random law student given the same opportunities. This doesn't mean that a person who gets a bad grade will never be a good lawyer, but the bad grade cannot just be dismissed as random or unlucky.

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Re: Include GPA below 3 on resume?

Postby prezidentv8 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:00 pm

From the perspective of somebody who has spanned a broader range of grades than the entire mandated curve, it really seems like luck has a lot to do with it. Not that performance is entirely or even mostly luck, but still.

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Re: Include GPA below 3 on resume?

Postby Aqualibrium » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:43 pm

gwuorbust wrote:
Aqualibrium wrote:
That's the thing though, a c+ on that grading scale is essentially a D/D-. What's hard for me to fathom is what you have to do on an exam to receive the absolute worst grade a professor is willing to give. I mean I don't want to pile it on to op...i know he or she is in a tough spot. My comment was just an aside. The point is, leave the gpa off. No way it helps you to put it on.


I generally agree with your posts, but here I think you are flat out, 100% wrong. You don't have to "do" anything "wrong" to get a C+. At my school with a 3.25 grading curve everyone knows what they are talking about when it comes to the exam and spot the most important issues. The people with a C+ generally do know what they are talking about..they just don't write as good of an answer as others. And in no way does it reflect on their capabilities or abilities as a potential lawyer IMO.


Hmmm I'm a little flattered. Didn't think I had posted enough, or enough of substance, for there to be some general opinion of the content of my posts. Anyway, I could be wrong here; I certainly don't have a monopoly on the truth, and I don't mind admitting that.




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