legends159 wrote:Renaixença wrote:Why didn't SLS just spare their students all this "1 H is median . . . no, 0 H is median . . . no, wait, 1 H is mode!" trouble and go full P/F first semester like the big boys in New Haven?
Pretty sure w/o grades 1L year would've been a joke and I would've learned nothing. I'm glad we have grades, I just wish we had more of a HH/H/P thing like Boalt to give more deviation.
Not sure how no grades affect Yale in terms of placing their students. In absolute terms they place better per capita than anyone else but not sure how I can differentiate myself at a school with no real grades from the rest of my 200+ classmates especially if I am looking for the federal clerkships for the elite biglaw firms.
Ha, the first part just might be credited.....actually, it definitely is. Very little incentive to learn things that won't be all that useful down the road. "learned nothing" might not characterize it, but almost certainly learning a bit less than your average law school student.
In terms of placement, I'm not really sure--the general attitude is that it doesn't matter all that much. I know a guy who graduated a couple of years ago with all Ps and no LR who got a really solid clerkship, so it's definitely possible. Ultimately, YLS is perfect for a) risk-mitigating slackers who just want biglaw and aren't terribly interested in being a zombie for 3 years and b) people with real vision. The real virtue of the place shines with the latter category, while there may be more of the former. Hard to say.