VA Politco wrote:Lol hell no. Law school doesn't work that way. Disciplines like physics, engineering, chemistry etc. work that way. In those disciplines some people are able to comprehend the subject and some aren't. That's just the way it is. In law everyone in the classroom understands the material. The way some people get higher grades is that they 1. Work their ass off to learn every nuance and every argument available. They research the professors tastes etc.2. They type extremely fast and 3. They know exactly what it is that the professor wants. 4. They write well. Too much of what is needed to do well on a law school exam is related to effort for you to just show up to class and then the exam and ace it. I know several people at the very very top of the class here at my top 10--ALL of them work INCREDIBLY HARD. And frankly it's common knowledge that everyone on the law review here works stunningly hard, frankly I underestimated the work ethic that people could have before I got here. I've never seen anything like it--it's unreal--especially the law review students. A lot of people think that they can work hard before they come to law school (myself included) but there's a certain level of work ethic that most people just cannot will themselves to (basically to the level of the OP).
At my school, everyone has plenty of time to finish their exams. Maybe it's different at other schools, but typing speed is vastly overrated.
And I disagree in the strongest way with your assertion that everyone in the room understands the material. There are many people in my class who can do nothing more than regurgitate what they read, but if you change the facts they fall apart. Some of these people get good grades by working extremely hard, and some of these people fall apart on exams.
I do agree that a lot of people work very hard, but as I said earlier, being in the top 10% isn't necessarily about insanely hard work...
Agreed. There's no way that that assertion is correct. There've been classes I've done well in where even I didn't fully understand the material - I just understood it better than other people. There've also been classes where I didn't do well, and I'm positive it's because I didn't have a handle on all of the material.
Sidenote, I'm at the same school as Bruce Wayne, and for the most part I think people are time pressured. Typing speed is awesome to have. I did some rough math on my exams, and at ~80 wpm I spend about an hour on each exam just typing. Granted, I multitask a bit and think as I type, but I think it's a choke point that could net me an increased 10-15 minutes if I improved it.
No comment on the hard work aspect. I don't know the grades or study habits of enough of my classmates to have a strong opinion on that, but I suspect that it's possible to put in an "average" amount of time and do very well, so long as one is disciplined (when they study, they actually study 100%), and studies smart.