mettasutta wrote:-Are all courses (excluding special ones like clinics, externships, etc.) graded on a curve? Or just 1L classes? Or does there need to be a certain number of students in the class for it to be graded on a curve?
-Is getting Law Review/secondary journals based on just class-rank, a write-on competition, or some combination of both?
-What sort of job opportunities are available to "middle of the pack" students? Any chance of clerkships/Biglaw ITE?
-With the exception of independent studies, everything is suppose to be on a curve. It differs by class size and examination method. They talk about it in here:http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/schools/law/pdf/AcademicPolicies2010_%282%29_FINAL.pdf
Pertinent parts around p. 12
-LRev is based on gpa and a competition where you write a memo, do a bluebook exercise, and compose a personal statement.
-Middle of the pack being top 40-60%? I'm slightly outside that (not by much) and have a v100 SA, so I would assume that kids more solidly in the middle have a good chance at some of the lower numbered NLJ 250. Clerkships are much more of a mixed bag because it's more about your demonstrated writing ability and who's pushing for you. To the extent that being near the middle of the class deprives you of writing opportunities (no journal), it would be tough to get an Art III or state supreme court clerkship.