canoe wrote:quick question.
iirc, uva has a non-distributed curve. a prof can give out whatever distribution of grades as long as it adheres to a 3.3 mean or median?
so isn't it quite possible that you could get screwed if you're gunning for DC/clerkships by having professors who are all mean/median-heavy? aka gives out tons of B, B+s and extremely few Cs and As. it would seem that for high-performing students, it'd benefit them to attend a school like NU that offers a curve with a specified grade distribution.
Technically possible, but generally doesn't make much of a difference. The biggest impact is probably for people who are near the top of the class after 1L for clerkships, since your professors are random and some give out A+s. Still, this impacts such a narrow group and honestly doesn't even make much of a difference there since people who do well will still likely land near the top despite having professors with narrower curves. After 1L, there is plenty of info out there (though mostly based on rumor) to guide students who are worried about landing in classes with narrow curves for clerkship or whatever other purposes. But as mentioned above, you probably shouldn't base a decision about where to attend law school on this. That's putting the cart before the horse a bit.
The other thing is that judges and employers are both well aware of UVA's curve and what a particular GPA means in the context of UVA. The amount of B+'s, A-'s, etc. that professors give doesn't affect the number of people we send to DC and to appellate clerkships and SCOTUS each year. The cream rises to the top during 1L regardless of what the curve is, and after 1L the top-of-the-class SCOTUS-competitive people get specialized advice on which courses and professors they should be taking to maximize their chances.
The only place the lack of a forced grade distribution really matters is that some 1L sections will by luck of the draw get multiple professors who give more B+'s than the average (e.g. Kordana, Harrison, Woolhandler). These sections might place fewer people on VLR because there are fewer A's to go around than there are with A+-through-C professors like Jeffries, etc.