applelover wrote: Crowing wrote:
applelover wrote:So, does that put students at a disadvantage for jobs? Are their chances of securing summer employment after 1L worsened by this at all?
I doubt it. A lot of 1L employers just don't care about grades, and those that do can figure it out. If you apply early enough you might have offers before you even have any grades. In any case, there's no sense in worrying about 1L employment--everybody gets a legal job after 1L unless they don't want it (and even then I think OCS will push you really hard). The employment rate for 1Ls was 100% two years ago, and last year it was all but one person who decided to take classes instead (OCS likes to repeat this fact a lot; I think they're kinda butthurt about it).
Thank you. Was it difficult to adapt to the grading system?
Not really. I mean, it doesn't cause me to approach things in any way differently than I would if we just had a standard letter grade scale.
The scale is very wide (156-186), but in practice most professors don't use the whole thing. I think like 173-184 is more typical, with rare exceptions? So it's a few more data points than just having 3 different As and 3 different Bs, but again there's not really anything that you as a student would do differently under our system.
We do have 6 credits in the fall, 12 in the winter, and 18(!) in the spring (+4 for legal writing, which spans all three quarters but has a graded memo in the winter and graded brief in the spring). If anything that (instead of the grading system) is what would make the academic system a little different at UChicago. I can't say I'm a huge fan of it just because I like to have consistency, but I suppose it's not like lawyers have that in their everyday jobs anyway so if it's really that onerous I probably picked the wrong profession.