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What are CALI awards?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:01 pm
by Verity
When they say "highest scoring student in each class" determined by the "instructor or registrar," are they talking about scoring on the CALI lessons? Does it go by each subject? When do you find out if you won?

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:14 pm
by Angus MacGyver
Verity wrote:When they say "highest scoring student in each class" determined by the "instructor or registrar," are they talking about scoring on the CALI lessons? Does it go by each subject? When do you find out if you won?


Cali certificates are awarded to the person who achieves the "High A" in each law school subject/class.

It has nothing to do with your performance on the CALI lessons.

If you get the high A, you get a certificate and a coupon for a free Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:47 pm
by quiver
Angus MacGyver wrote:a coupon for a free Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza
This is the real reason people go for it. Nobody actually cares about law school grades, they all just want pizza.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 7:50 pm
by Kilpatrick
Angus MacGyver wrote:
Verity wrote:When they say "highest scoring student in each class" determined by the "instructor or registrar," are they talking about scoring on the CALI lessons? Does it go by each subject? When do you find out if you won?


Cali certificates are awarded to the person who achieves the "High A" in each law school subject/class.

It has nothing to do with your performance on the CALI lessons.

If you get the high A, you get a certificate and a coupon for a free Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza.


Some people get pizza?? Damn, Illinois sucks. This is worse than lying about medians.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 8:34 pm
by nickwar
If you have to ask, you'll never know.

Sorry, seemed opportune.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:25 am
by random5483
Cali awards go to the most outstanding student in a given class. If the class has 10 students, only one can win the CALI award. If a class has 100 students, only one can win the CALI award. In most schools, the student with the highest grade will get the CALI award. Not all professors/classes/schools award CALI awards.


Winners of the CALI award are listed publically on the CALI website. Information can be found here - --LinkRemoved--

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:56 am
by de5igual
nickwar wrote:If you have to ask, you'll never know.

Sorry, seemed opportune.


right...except most schools don't have "CALI" awards. hth.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:42 am
by reasonable_man
They are certificates that I stuck on the bottom shelf in my office never to see the light of day.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:57 pm
by patrickd139
f0bolous wrote:
nickwar wrote:If you have to ask, you'll never know.

Sorry, seemed opportune.


right...except most schools don't have "CALI" awards. hth.

Your 'tar, it's awesome.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:57 pm
by patrickd139
reasonable_man wrote:They are certificates that I stuck on the bottom shelf in my office never to see the light of day.

On point, yet again.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:44 pm
by jkay
Something only douches talk about.

In other words, a hot topic in the law review offices.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 1:35 am
by reasonable_man
jkay wrote:Something only douches talk about.

In other words, a hot topic in the law review offices.



All kidding aside, those fuckers take them seriously...

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:54 am
by king3780
reasonable_man wrote:
jkay wrote:Something only douches talk about.

In other words, a hot topic in the law review offices.



All kidding aside, those fuckers take them seriously...


My school doesn't give Calis, but for shits and giggles I looked to see if my friend's school does. While scanning for his name I came across some broad who had a few, so I googled her name to see where she ended up working. She's at some decent sized firm in Vegas and her firm bio says she won 10 Calis. Crazy. Also interesting is she was a first year associate and like 40 years old.

Re: What are CALI awards?

Posted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:36 pm
by agroothuis
Hi guys,

I work for CALI.

There's normally a good amount of confusion about CALI Awards, so feel free to let me know if you have questions.

Some facts to help clear up a few common misconceptions:

- The funniest thing I see year-after-year is the difference in perception of the awards between students at CALI Award and Non-CALI Award schools.

If you're at a school that doesn't give awards you, of course, assume that most schools don't give awards. Or you assume that the awards are the mark of a less reputable school than yours. But if you attend a school that does give CALI Awards, they're such a big part of the 1L experience that you assume every law student must know about them.

Truth is, it's about a 50/50 split across US law schools, and that list covers all tiers. So this confusion is understandable.

--LinkRemoved-- (sorry, it's at our old site).

- With 100+ schools giving awards for several years now, that means that most legal recruiters and hiring managers recognize CALI Awards. I don't blame you for stashing away the kinda cheesy certificate so it's never to be seen again. But in this market, leave your award - and the chance to differentiate yourself as the top performer in a class - off your resume at your own risk.

- The professor of each course chooses the winner(s) of the award based on whatever criteria he/she chooses, assuming the school doesn't have a standard for picking winners.

- The school reports the winners to us.

- Based on the list they give us, we print awards for the school to distribute and then list winners at the link above.

- The school or the individual student, however, has the option to hide their awards from the public, so not all awards are listed at the link.

Thanks for your interest and, again, any questions let me know.

Austin Groothuis
CALI
austin_at_cali_dot_org