I am trying to get a sense for how much a law prof would penalize your final grade based solely on in-class performance/personal feelings.
I ask because I've had a fairly poor relationship with my torts prof all month, and in an aspie moment really antagonized her just now. I don't want to get into too much detail, but let's just say that during an extended, worst-of-the-month coldcall, we both got pretty autistic. I obviously have way more to lose and should have just sucked it up, but what can I say? A month of irritation plus what I felt was a great injustice got the better of me. I went to her office about an hour after class and tried to patch things up by smiling a lot and asking a question about material unrelated to the unpleasantness, but whereas the last couple of times I went to her office she was mostly accommodating, this time she flatly said that she wasn't here to answer stuff that I "should already know" and suggested that I ask some classmates who all seem to get it better than I do. (Actually, I knew the answer, I just didn't want to leave it as badly as we left it in the class.) I asked if she wanted me to shut the door as I was leaving, and she flatly said 'yes.' I said "have a nice day; see you tomorrow" when I left and she didn't say anything. :/
Now I have read on here many times that your grade is just the final, which is done by a rubric/checklist and the final is graded blindly. And that sounds pretty good, like it's turning an essay exam into more like a scantron, and that makes me feel better, but really, how do you know? It's not like you can challenge a grade later by like getting some other torts prof to read your paper and someone else's or something? Seems like they can give you whatever grades they want with impunity.
Anyway, I don't want to get into a debate about whether or not she actually does dislike me now, facts for the determination of which I haven't given you, let's just assume that she does for these questions:
1) How objective are the final exam grades? How do you know?
2) Has anyone really antagonized a prof and still gotten a better-than-expected grade?
3) Do I need to spend the next 3 months smooching butt and preparing for cold calls--this prof particularly likes to get into procedural history, subjective policy discussions, "feelings," and supplementary stuff.