For people who do speak in class, it is fairly easy to guess whether they are going to do well or not based on what they say. For those who don't, obviously it is hard to tell. Speaking or not speaking has no correlation to how smart the student it. It's just a personality thing.
I disagree. I said some incredibly stupid things in classes I got As in. I had my best contributions in a class where the prof gave me my lowest grade. Success in a competitive law school isn't about contributions, its about throwing down the right form (and some substance) in the right length.
That is not what I meant - it does not work at a micro level. For people who talk a lot, it is fairly easy (at least for me
) to guess whether they are overall good analytical thinkers or not. That is to say, of say, the 5-6 people who spoke a lot in my 1L classes, I could easily tell that couple of them were making a lot of sense and a couple of them were bullshitting. The ones who were making a lot of sense ended up at the top of the class. Of course, there were a couple of people who didn't open their mouths that ended up at the top of the class as well.
thats pretty much been my experience as well....its pretty easy to tell from even the first day of law school who knows what they're talking about and who is just bs-ing
I never considered gunner those who spoke alot in class but made sense. To me gunners were always those guys who spoke alot but never really contributed anything because what they were saying was BS.