keg411 wrote:I think attendance is an ABA thing. I don't think the lawl schools care if you show up as long as they are getting your $$$$.
NYU is explicit with the rule: http://www.law.nyu.edu/academicservices ... /index.htm
"Rules of the American Bar Association, the New York State Court of Appeals, other state high courts, and the Law School itself all require regular classroom attendance. Students are advised that excessive absenteeism can result without warning in: 1) grade lowering or 2) denial of permission to complete course work and/or sit for the exam, or receipt of a grade of WD (withdrawn) or FAB (failed for absence). Missing more than one-fifth of classes is presumptively excessive. Any student who finds herself at risk of missing more than one-fifth of classes for any course should immediately speak with the instructor and/or Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
Faculty members may establish a higher standard of regular attendance than that described above, and may also take this higher standard of attendance, class participation, and the quality of class performance into account in determining the student’s grade as long as the faculty member has, during the first week of classes, announced an intention to do so or has included that intention in the syllabus or other class materials distributed in the first week of class.
The student’s obligation to be in regular attendance derives both from faculty rule and the rule of state bar examiners. As a prerequisite to a student’s admission to the bar, the Dean must certify to state boards of law examiners that the student has been in regular attendance."
Being a lawyer means following rules, right? If you don't file your motion on time, there are consequences. Don't show up for court, consequences. So if we're paying money for a professional school to help us learn skills needed to be a lawyer, why are we bitching about them making us follow rules?