In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

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In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby jtabustos » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:08 am

I know law schools grade on a curve and supposedly only so many A's can be given for a certain class.

But how does that translate into actual #'s?

Let's say you have a class of 50 students? Would like 5 students only be allowed to be given an "A" grade and then after that it's A-, B+, B.....etc.?

If it differs, what's the rough numbers we're talking about? Can more than 10% of a classroom get an A ever?

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby rad lulz » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:09 am

Depends on your curve

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby jtabustos » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:11 am

rad lulz wrote:Depends on your curve


:) Roughly? What's the biggest/smallest %?

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby sidhesadie » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:16 am

It doesn't work like that necessarily...prof can give all B's if they want to...or only give B-, B, B+. Or give half A's and half F's (though that would be insane). Bottom line is, prof has to make the class average to the curve. How they get there is totally up to them. Best thing to do is ask around about your profs and their grading habits.

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby rad lulz » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:17 am

jtabustos wrote:
rad lulz wrote:Depends on your curve


:) Roughly? What's the biggest/smallest %?

Just ask your school

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:36 am

sidhesadie wrote:It doesn't work like that necessarily...prof can give all B's if they want to...or only give B-, B, B+. Or give half A's and half F's (though that would be insane). Bottom line is, prof has to make the class average to the curve. How they get there is totally up to them. Best thing to do is ask around about your profs and their grading habits.

Not necessarily. NU, for example, has min/max percentage of the class that can get each grade, and it has to all work out to a certain required median.

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/registr ... ingpolicy/

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby jtabustos » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:46 am

rinkrat19 wrote:
sidhesadie wrote:It doesn't work like that necessarily...prof can give all B's if they want to...or only give B-, B, B+. Or give half A's and half F's (though that would be insane). Bottom line is, prof has to make the class average to the curve. How they get there is totally up to them. Best thing to do is ask around about your profs and their grading habits.

Not necessarily. NU, for example, has min/max percentage of the class that can get each grade, and it has to all work out to a certain required median.

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/registr ... ingpolicy/



Very informative. Thank you very much.

One follow-up: what's median at your school, btw?

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:50 am

jtabustos wrote:
rinkrat19 wrote:
sidhesadie wrote:It doesn't work like that necessarily...prof can give all B's if they want to...or only give B-, B, B+. Or give half A's and half F's (though that would be insane). Bottom line is, prof has to make the class average to the curve. How they get there is totally up to them. Best thing to do is ask around about your profs and their grading habits.

Not necessarily. NU, for example, has min/max percentage of the class that can get each grade, and it has to all work out to a certain required median.

http://www.law.northwestern.edu/registr ... ingpolicy/



Very informative. Thank you very much.

One follow-up: what's median at your school, btw?
At the end of 1L, something like 3.30-3.40. Up to a 3.5-ish by the end of 3L, thanks to all those lovely uncurved classes.

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby cinephile » Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:44 am

My law school posts guidelines, but the reality is that it is professor specific. Maybe other schools are different, but for a school like mine, you can't start worrying about it until you know who your professors will be.

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby star fox » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:18 pm

So for things like OCI and clerkships do they care about your GPA or your class rank?

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Re: In a Class of n Students, How Many A's Available?

Postby guano » Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:34 pm

john7234797 wrote:So for things like OCI and clerkships do they care about your GPA or your class rank?

Both, in that they're inexplicably linked. They just articulate it in a certain manner.
I've seen firms say top 25%, and firms say 3.50+ (as well as other ranges)

If 3.5 = top 25%, does it matter which term they use? If you don't meet one criteria, you don't meet the other.




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