Verity wrote:What kind of grades are given alphabetically, and what are their numerical equivalences (e.g., do they give A-s, B+s, or both? what does each equate to in numbers? etc.)?
Also, how many classes do 1Ls take in the Fall and Spring, and are they all graded, or some pass/fail?
Hope I don't miss anything:
The graded classes are Torts (4 credits) Contracts (4) Civil Procedure (4) Criminal Law (3) Constitutional Law (4) Property (4) and Legal Professions (for some reason, 4).
Ungraded classes are Legal Writing, but they give out High Pass, Pass, and Low Pass, in order for you to give them some sort of effort. Haven't heard of anyone who has gotten a job or not gotten a job based on their LRW grade.
Graded classes give out A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7) and C+ (2.3). I don't think they give anything lower than a C+. B+ is the curve, and almost half the class will fit into the B+ grade. The majority of the rest will hit either A- or B, and usually only extreme cases are given A and B-/C+ (I want to say the standard is usually 10% fit between both grades for the curved courses).
There are a handful of ungraded courses you can take in 2nd/3rd year, which tend to curve out at about 3.7 anyways. There are some pass/fail classes you can take too, like the Moot Court class, externships, etc.
Fall you should take Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, and Legal Writing. Spring should be Constitutional Law, Property, Legal Professions, and Legal Writing.