Cal Trask wrote:
Moonlight wrote:Someone was telling me that law schools cut first year students? Is that true?
How does that work?
wut. you might flunk out, but that's pretty hard to do in law school.
Two things happen:
1) A large number of people wind up near the bottom of the class and drop out. Probably 10% of my class dropped out after the second semester. Honestly, I don't blame them. They are cutting their losses and moving on. Others don't like the idea of practicing law and realize coming to law school was a mistake (normally their grades reflect this).
2) It is possible to flunk out but not in your first year. If you do poorly (bottom 10%) Hastings will put you in a special "legal analysis" (or something) course. This can be a black mark socially. Most people do moot court their second semester. These people don't. It's somewhat awkward to bring up moot court to random people because of the small chance that they are not doing moot court.
I had a roommate that ended up in "legal analysis" but swore that he didn't know it was for the bottom of the class when he signed up. I have no idea if he was lying but I don't see why he would.
I'm not sure how it works at Hastings but at Cornell there are procedures to flunk people out. After your third semester you are put on academic probation if you have a GPA below 2.8 (or something). If you are below a GPA of 2.5 after the fourth semester they will kick you out of school. You have to graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. I was pretty surprised to find this out. I assume Hastings has something similar.