« on: April 15, 2009, 07:37:35 PM »
Sorry to be a post whore. I'm new and this my third one already.
Anyway, my school (University at Buffalo) doesn't keep a cumulative GPA or rank students. They are big on cooperation, no competition. This is a statement from their site:
GPA: VERY IMPORTANT! UB Law DOES NOT use a GPA system! Sometimes, students are tempted to try to calculate their own GPA. DO NOT publish this number on your resume or quote it to an employer, as it will be disavowed by the Law School Records and Registration office! If an employer is interested in your grades, use the estimated class rank formula in the enclosed memo “Grading Explanation” or send a transcript.
CLASS RANK: The information provided for fall recruiting employers includes their hiring criteria, which sometimes includes statements like, “top 10% required.” Employers commonly ask you to explain the ranking system at UB. We give grading policy statements to each interviewer, and we have extras for you if you need them (as proof that we don't rank, etc). However, you still have to answer the question somehow. The best thing you can do is explain that you have no way of knowing your rank and that you are not allowed to guess. However, there are some "guideposts" that can help employers figure it out, at least approximately.
Is this unusual? I'm not sure how I feel about this.