shibby wrote:So just to confirm, and I have heard this a couple times, grades for small paper classes (<15ish) barely deviate from the median. So does it take an act of god to get above? Is this also a guarantee that if you put the work in, you'll get a B+?
Not an act of god. Since essentially every class has a curve, in a group of fifteen there will be at least one A- or above and one B or below. You're also likely to get a couple of 3Ls who are plodding their way through their final year just waiting to graduate. if you're lucky, they can help pad out the bottom of the curve.
However, even in the courses where there are two or three A- being handed out, there's very often some people who are really
interested in the class because it covers their dream area of law. Particularly for paper classes, they may be going in with a good idea of their paper topic which could give them a six week head start on you.
In other words, good grades in small classes are possible, but be prepared to work hard to distinguish yourself enough to get them.