dailygrind wrote:BruceWayne wrote:dailygrind wrote:MTal wrote:Welcome to the legal field. You fuck up big enough even 1 time, in school or in practice, and your career is effectively over.
this is hardly unique to the law. you fuck up big enough in any field and your career is effectively over.
What are you talking about? Outside of egregious mistakes that reflect incompetence (like injuring a patient in residency or in medical school), one mistake in school no less, does not "end your career". A single exam written in a way that a professor subjectively dislikes, on a forced curve , could doom you in the legal field. That we're graded on a forced curve, and not our competency on the subject, as in every other educational field, automatically puts us in a uniquely tumultuous situation. In a lot of ways legal education is more like sports than it is any other educational field. We grade more on "talent" (and I'm being generous with that) and competition than on competency. That's not the model used in other fields until you get into the work force. And in that case you're at least being "graded" on objective results--what you can do for a client. On exams you're just getting graded on whatever it is that your professor wants/likes.haus wrote:If this were true, hardly none of our national level politicians would be employed.
Heck, the CEO of the most valuable technical company was effectively kicked out of the company that he had founded, before having a successful comeback years later.
you know as well as i do how egregious an F is. i've never even heard of anyone getting anything less than a D on an exam they showed up for, and i think i've checked around 1000 grades looking at grade distribution patterns. frankly, the D's that I saw were extreme outliers already. an F doesn't reflect an exam that the professor subjectively dislikes - an F reflects an exam that has reached up, slapped the professor in the face, and then pissed in his cheerios (once again, this is why everyone has told this dude to fight it).
Mazrui and Tomiko Brown gave out multiple F's last spring alone. Jeffries, Geis, and Cohen give out multiple C's and C+s every term. They're not as uncommon as you think they are.