JCougar wrote:my grades have turned on "figuring out" the mind of the professor
Isn't this active, not random?
It's random in that any given professor could give the same exam a completely different grade. It's unreliable -- at least if you're trying to test understanding, knowledge, and application of the law.
Also, a lot of professors purposefully don't give you any hints or information that will help you "figure them out." They'll say they like one thing, but when grading time comes, they like something totally different. Some refuse to meet with you individually to discuss exam-taking strategies because they don't want to give away anything to one particular student.
Grading for the professors is not a science. A lot of them hate it. I'm sure they try to do their best, but when you read 100 of the same exam of students of virtually the same skill level, there's simply no way you can come up with a consistent and/or scientific method of grading these things and differentiating them on a mandatory curve. They've said as much to me: one told me it was ridiculous, one told me it was boring, and another told me that law school grades simply don't mean anything, but they have to curve stuff anyway because those are the rules. Also, studies trying to correlate law school grades with performance as a lawyer have basically uncovered that law school grades have little to no predictive value relating to your career success.
The one way to beat the odds is to type a fuckton of words...if you can. You'll usually get the benefit of the doubt if you have twice as many words as the next person. A lot of professors grade with a tally sheet and simply give you a tally mark if you write something they like. So if you type a ton of words, you have a better chance of getting more tallies. Also, they don't take off any points if you say something irrelevant or wrong, which further increases your odds when you type fast.
That's the one consistent thing I've realized when talking and studying with people in the top 25% of the class or higher. They all just type a shitload of words...some twice as many as I can type. They're all extremely smart, too, but so is everybody.
In essence, you're paying $150,000 for a 3-year typing speed test, the results of which some big law firms have found out allows them to market your services at a higher billable hour rate. You learn very little about legal skills along the way...at least during 1L. I can't wait to do my clinics and try to do moot court, etc. My goal for the next two years is to set as a priority using the university's vast array of resources to learn real-world skills, such as learning a new language, refining my public speaking skills, participating in a clinic, moot court, etc. It's an incredible university and campus. I wasted most of my 1L year reading casebooks that taught me nothing. I won't make that mistake again. If I'm going to dump $100,000 worth of tuition money into these years, I'm going to try and actually get something out of it.