paulinaporizkova wrote:shock259 wrote:We've gotten like 4 lectures about how grades don't matter. Letter from Dean, lectures from profs, emails from past profs, and a lunch panel. Go to a T1
skeptical poster is skeptical
1. 10 minute lecture from legal writing professor about how grades don't matter. He argued that the people who do the best in the class tend to have the lowest happiness levels years after law school, even if they are afforded the best job opportunities.
2. Letter from Dean about how grades are not the end of the world. Excerpt: "... it can be a difficult time. In particular, the arrival of fall semester grades for law students—most notably for 1Ls—may bring disappointment, anxiety, and frustration. Law students in general are accustomed to academic success (your prior academic success is one of many reasons we are happy you joined us here at [school]) and most of you were at the very top of your classes in high school and college. My message to you is simple: please do not allow decile classification to define you. "
3. Email from prof 1. Excerpt: "Grades reflect a combination of factors, not all of which are within your control, particularly in the first semester. Hard work, studying, and native intelligence are necessary but not sufficient to achieve the highest grades. I can tell when I read your exams that almost all of you have studied hard, learned a great deal, and have more than enough smarts to be good lawyers. Some of you, however, are much better at taking law school examinations. Everyone will get better at this. It is a particular skill, and it can be learned. Second, and more importantly, there are a variety of skills that make someone an excellent lawyer. Some of these, depending on the kind of law you decide to practice, are reflected in law school grades. Others are not. "
4. Email from prof 2. Excerpt: "And for those of you that are disappointed with your grade, please understand that this is a necessary consequence of having such bright and energetic classmates. In an absolute sense, you all did quite well on an extremely challenging exam."
5. Lunch event entitled "Life is Not Over for Those Not in the Top 10%" - don't know what they talked about because I didn't attend.
Sorry, 5 lectures.