OK. . . .so it's like this, law school breeds a sense of competitiveness, one that pitts student against student knowing that law school grades are a zero sum grade, for you to do better, someone has to do worse.
So I'm wondering, what are your plans for avioding the trap of one-upmanship?
Personally, I see law school as a competition against yourself, one that pushes you to learn the material and be the best that you can be. It would be interesting to know how people feel about this issue. Personally, I plan to aviod it alltogether, not indulging in any sort of who's better bs. I wonder what previous 1l's have to say about this as well as pre-1l's. I plan to kick ass and take names just on my own, I could give a damn what someone else does. . . .just keep that smug look on my face until exam time, and then let the grades speak for themselves. . . .
If you are not planning on indulging on who is better, and on competition for grades and ranking then why are you planning a smug look on your face during grade posting? If you don't feel that it is a competition then why are you already planning on "kicking ass and taking names"? If you see law school as a competition against yourself then whose ass are you planning to kick?
I'm not trying to be a jerk or sound facetious. I just don't understand what you are trying to say.
Based on your post it sounds as if you want a zero sum game where there only going to be one winner for a fixed and limited resource. A zero sum game means that one of two or more actors are actively looking for ways to negatively affect another's grades in order to directly benefit their own. (Hiding books, providing misleading or incorrect information, cheating, etc) It sounds like this is exactly the sort of BS that you sounds like you hate.
Please don't read this as a personal attack, or a flame. I think I can see the intent of your post and I find it defintely intriguing.
Are you asking if we, the future JD class of 2008, are intending to be hyper-competitive a-holes who will do anything to anyone in order to get ahead? We will justify any sort of behavior in order to ensure that we win? Will the ends always justify the means?
I think anywhere a law school ranks students, bases study abroad, or making Law Review on grades is going to be competitive. We wouldn't be here if we weren't a little ambitious and competitive. Afterwards you will be competing for jobs/clerkships with not just the graduates of your law school, but compelling graduates from other schools in your region and from schools with a national reputation. But the key is jobs not one job. A JD will give all of us a large amount of options with the rest of our lives. So the resources are not fixed, and not completely limited.
I plan on being cooperative as possible depending on the cooperation and degree of collegiality that I will encounter in my future 1L section. I will want to treat my law school experience as a non-zero sum game in which I, and hopefully others, will realize that what is to be gained and won is variable. Some of us want BigLaw, some want to be do-gooders, some want clerkships, etc.
Why can't all of us win?