ek5dn wrote:Frankly, there's a lot of anecdotal support for what hoos is saying and only the bitter grumblings of people who didn't perform as well as they wanted to in support of your view. And you have no cause to be so dismissive to someone who's done a lot more to help out 0Ls and 1Ls on this thread than you have.
Actually, it's quite the reverse. The low validity view is the one backed up by data--although likely not enough data.
The current law exam was invented something like 130 years ago, when medical doctors still thought hitting a hammer on a certain portion of your skull was a good way to cure disease. The entire legal curriculum was invented by a crazy, hyper-type-A lunatic named Christopher Columbus Langdell, who thought that by studying judicial decisions really, really hard, you could extract scientific principles from legal opinions. If you don't realize how crazy this sounds, you should watch Darren Aronofsky's Pi sometime. It's a great movie regardless.
This was before educators started designing tests as reliable and valid skill assessments. Law still adheres to the tradition, but this tradition was never ever based on any sort of study or evidence.
PNJ said it best in a previous post: unless you really do end up at the bottom of the class due to lack of effort, law grades shouldn't be taken personally by anyone. Good ones don't make you a good lawyer, and bad ones don't make you a bad one.
The reason I brought this up again is that I believe law students have little control over the grades they are going to get, and even if they're not totally random, the majority of their variance is made up of factors that you can't control for by studying harder. A lot of those factors have questionable validity, too. I would do the best you can on them, but it doesn't make sense to prioritize them over stuff like networking and getting practical experience. Grades are irrelevant to most legal employers outside Biglaw and some prestigious FedGov and PI positions, and most WUSTL grads won't get these positions.