run26.2 wrote: penn0Ler wrote:
run26.2 wrote:None of you guys are correct about how they calculate rankings at Penn. It is not as simple as a GPA calculation.
So then how does it work, at least for 1L grades?
I'm not going to say it outright, but if you dig, and make a few inferences, you should be able to figure it out.
Calculations for honors at graduation (and therefore "ranking" students) is pretty complex and kind of like a black box. Once you get out of 1L you start to have a lot of choice in what you take. Some people want the best chance at A's so they take seminar classes and classes outside of the law school (trying not to take big classes like evidence, corps, fed courts etc). Other people are gunning for clerkships or think they need x, y, z class for the bar exam and take the big doctrinal classes (see list above). Other people try to do as many externships, clinics, and non "class" credits as possible. All of these things are weighted differently by the registrar when it comes time to figure out where everyone stands, not to mention the fact that transfer students count for figuring out honors, and their 1L grades aren't in their calculation. Long story short, you won't really know where you stand until graduation, and at that point you (hopefully) already have a job or clerkship lined up.