Aberzombie1892 wrote: leobowski wrote:
Are you serious?
When people graduate from law school, they generally have equal knowledge of the law (whether it be Yale or just about any other law school).
That knowledge is pretty much useless to employers.
So they have to train you - whether it be judges or partners.
What distinguishes schools are the rankings.
While firms do enjoy hiring people at the top of a class, there is little difference between them and someone at the middle of a class.
You need to distinguish between "real" differences and "firm perceived" differences in your question.
Could you expound on this a bit? Why exactly is there little difference between these two- what if the person @ the top spent literally twice as much time studying? That would at least seem to speak volumes as to their work ethic and dedication.
Okay. The number of hours you spend studying do not correlate to your rank in the class.
The person who rarely studied could be the one at the top of the class.
True, spending countless hours studying does speak to ethic and dedication.
But no employer is going to ask you how long you studied (I guarantee this).
Grades for any given class (that's not a seminar - they have research papers instead) are determined on a one shot 3-4 hour examination.
You're exam grade comes from not only what you cover, but how you cover it.
Say, you present the answer in a form the professor didn't like - then your grade will be lower than the classmate that did present it in the way the professor likes (even if their answers were exactly the same).
That may seem minimal, but it can mean the difference between an A and a C.
The person who did not present the information as well may have covered all of the topics.
Does the fact that they received a C mean they are less intelligent/less prepared than someone with an A?
Firms like to think so - they use it as a way to distinguish between students.
But in actuality, no.
The professor bias to the form of your wirk is not present once you actually begin practicing.
Why do you think HYS only give High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, Fail grades? (low pass and fail are essentially never given out)
They do that because there is no difference between students (the only reason they give high pass is so they won't get sued by students that do "well")