calawbiz wrote:thanks for taking questions! how are the curricular and grading reforms faring? have students been responding well to the changes? what's changed this year, as far as the curriculum and interdisciplinary opportunities are concerned? i realize that the SLS students posting in this thread are 1Ls, but it would be great if you could share what you know.
Hmm. I think everyone is happy with the grade reform. I for one wish it would have gone even farther and gone regular P/F for the first quarter, a la Yale. I feel like everyone spent the first half of the quarter just trying to figure things out. Either way, it's a great grading system that encourages hard work without encouraging 1L stressing to the extent the old system did. It also does
allow you to focus your energies on the classes you like without having to worry about getting a "bad" grade in a class you don't like. For instance, I'm all but certain to get a P in Contracts (I bet Legends gets an H), so I'm focusing my real time and attention on the classes I like and/or have a better shot in -- CivPro and Crim. Similarly, I slacked off in class all this week to work on our LRW brief, because I got good feedback on my first memo and think I might be able to pull an H in that class. In sum, the grade reform provides less stress and more flexibility.
The curriculum doesn't appear to be all that different this year, save a couple of things. We get one elective in winter quarter, and spring quarter is all elective (save for LRW). That's a big plus over most other law schools.
RE: Interdisciplinary stuff. 1Ls can't take classes outside the law school, so I haven't paid too much attention. I know there's a big push for joint degrees, and there are several you can get without any extra time (years) or money. I also see a bunch of announcements for classes on the listserv. Classes across campus appear to actually look for law students -- especially classes at the business school. I haven't thought that far ahead, but I'm sure I'll take advantage of that somewhat in my next two years.