Can I take a stab as a 0L? I'm reeeeally bored...

violinst wrote:Is the school in general relatively tightly curved?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_la ... GPA_curves. Cornell's imposed curve (confirmed on their website) is a 3.35, which is the 2nd-most favorable on the list of reported curves. Having read through practically all the Cornell advice TLS has to offer, I know it's strictly enforced: professors of 1L courses have to ensure that the median in their class is a 3.35.

violinst wrote:I have searched the forum quite a bit and got the impression that Cornell students seem to spend more (slightly, perhaps) time studying than students at other schools do.

Is this true?

This is covered more on p. 24 of this thread than anywhere else I've seen. This notion stems from Princeton Review's "Best 170 Law Schools," released a couple years ago, where they ostensibly surveyed 18,000 students who revealed, among other things, that Cornell Law students study more than those at any other law school. The reported average was 5.97 hours a day, and this was significantly higher than the rest of the T14.

The general consensus I've seen from current students seems to run along three lines:

- Cornell has a heavier courseload then some schools, with 16 hours the first semester, and a graded writing course. This, coupled with the supposed harder workload at Cornell University in general, leads to longer study time.
- There's less to do in Ithaca than at some other schools, and it's cold, so sometimes there's nothing better to do than hole up in the library and "study."
- Students are counting Facebook or Starbucks runs as "study time," or just outright exaggerating how much they actually study.

To date, from the 1-3Ls, I haven't heard anecdotal evidence of people who

average six hours a day. Some six hour days, sure, but an average, no.

/actual current students, please correct me