Law school grading system

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SarahKerrigan
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Law school grading system

Postby SarahKerrigan » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:22 am

Someone posted in another thread that HLS doesn't give out letter grades, is this true for most law schools?

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby vincanity1 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:23 am

no

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby shoeshine » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:25 am

No.

Most have a strict curve.

However, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley all have some variation of an H/P system.

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby SarahKerrigan » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:27 am

shoeshine wrote:No.

Most have a strict curve.

However, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley all have some variation of an H/P system.

ahh ok, is a strict curve like a bell curve?

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:04 pm

SarahKerrigan wrote:
shoeshine wrote:No.

Most have a strict curve.

However, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley all have some variation of an H/P system.

ahh ok, is a strict curve like a bell curve?


Yes. And even in the H/P system there are requirements on the profs regarding how many Hs and Ps should be given out.

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby SarahKerrigan » Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:51 pm

Tiago Splitter wrote:
SarahKerrigan wrote:
shoeshine wrote:No.

Most have a strict curve.

However, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Berkeley all have some variation of an H/P system.

ahh ok, is a strict curve like a bell curve?


Yes. And even in the H/P system there are requirements on the profs regarding how many Hs and Ps should be given out.

oh ok, thanks

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby ahduth » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:41 pm

Not sure if this is still good for NYU, but this is roughly how it works at the vast majority of schools AFAIK.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=49399

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby SarahKerrigan » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:07 am

ahduth wrote:Not sure if this is still good for NYU, but this is roughly how it works at the vast majority of schools AFAIK.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=49399

Ahh thats pretty interesting, it takes a lot of the fear out of your entire grade being based on 1 test, it seems pretty hard to actually fail a class at law school. Of course you still want to do as good as possible, but its not like your going to fail out or anything.

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby TooOld4This » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:00 am

SarahKerrigan wrote:Ahh thats pretty interesting, it takes a lot of the fear out of your entire grade being based on 1 test, it seems pretty hard to actually fail a class at law school. Of course you still want to do as good as possible, but its not like your going to fail out or anything.


Not failing people out of law school is the cruelest thing law schools have done to its students.

The reality of this job market is that if you aren't at the top of your class, you aren't getting a job. The curve means that you can be an excellent student and still wind up on the bottom, if your performance on one test was not better than most of your classmates.

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby englawyer » Sun Sep 04, 2011 9:46 am

in substance, HLS has letter grades. H = A, P = B, LP = C. its just a different distribution.

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Re: Law school grading system

Postby Redzo » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:24 am

SarahKerrigan wrote:
ahduth wrote:Not sure if this is still good for NYU, but this is roughly how it works at the vast majority of schools AFAIK.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=49399

Ahh thats pretty interesting, it takes a lot of the fear out of your entire grade being based on 1 test, it seems pretty hard to actually fail a class at law school. Of course you still want to do as good as possible, but its not like your going to fail out or anything.


This isn't really the right way to look at it. For many people, ending up at the median will be worse than failing out. You should fear that one test, because you don't just have to pass it. You have to do better than most people in your section.




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