Grades don't matter, class rankings do. So the grades are all relative. Also there is nothing you can do about it.
That also means in a class of 80, 70 students are guaranteed to pass the class. It would be hard to fail out of 1L with that policy.
For the A students, it won't matter, just deal with the fact that an A might be a B+ for 1L and still be Magna Cum Laude, a B average for 1L could be a top 25% of the class aka Cum Laude and on the dean's list for the semester.
Technically you could have a 3.0 B GPA and still be top 25% and Cum Laude.
Also consider that there will be lots of Bs and Cs.
Most 2L classes are NOT bound by the grading policy.
This is one of the dumbest things I've read in a long time. Grades do matter. They're the only thing that matters. What do you think class rank is based off of? If you're gunning for a 3.0 at SU then you are going to have one miserable life (assuming you are taking out loans). Do you move your lips when you read? If the curve is 2.9 - 3.1 than a B average (3.0) is not the top 25% of the class. It is in the dead middle of the class. The 50th percentile is not Cum Laude or Dean's List. And none of those prestige labels mean anything other than Law Review and Order of the Coif, which you sure as hell aren't getting if you're anywhere within the 2.9 - 3.1 range.
By the time you're done with 1L you're pretty much locked into where you will finish at law school. While it is true that 2/3 of your law school career still await you, 1L grades matter much more than the rest. This is because job offers tend to be based off of them. Gaining summer employment the summer after 1L is solely based on your 1L fall grades. Then OCI in your 2L year to try to gain summer employment for the next summer is based only on you're 1L grades. Summer employment is crucial to gaining legal employment after law school. Many of the offers to law students come from where they've worked during their summers, and if you are unemployed at graduation, you're only real legal experience comes from summer employment. People want real experience. Good luck trying to get a job if you're only experience is Moot Court or Trial Advocacy. This is why there has been so much controversy about the necessity of law school being 3 years.
And in New York of all places, dear God do you need to be near the top your class to get a job, especially from a school not named NYU, Columbia, or Cornell. There were what, over 9,000 law grads last year competing for a little over 2,000 job openings?
Cooper, your history of posts consist of a link to an article on who should/shouldn't attend law school and SUCOL bashing. That's it.
So I have to ask, what happened? Are those you know there not doing well? You don't hesitate to speak of SUCOL's pitfalls to the rest of us. Did you share these concerns with them before they matriculated? If so, why didn't they listen? Is Syracuse the only law school worth your time to speak ill of? Why the hate Mr Cooper?