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Current Law Students / Grading question - an error and the curve
« on: May 06, 2009, 08:43:33 PM »

Have a second to lend some advice? 

I took the foundational course in an area that I hope to practice in last Autumn.  The prof. said that our grade would be based on either a) an exam, or b) an optional research paper, provided that we take the exam and pass it.  I opted for the latter.  The exam period was 3.5 hours; I stayed just long enough to ensure a passing grade.  The paper was turned in and golden, and I focused on finishing up my other classes.

Grades were posted in January - a "B."  Huh?  I approach the prof.  We discover that, because of the procedure for anonymous papers and some administrative confusion, there was a screw up and the "B" I got on the exam -- expected -- was recorded rather than the "A-" I earned from the paper.  Easy to fix, right? 

The school refuses to change the grade because the number of A-s and As are already maxed out.  The dean says that the only way that I can get the A- is for the student who received the lowest A- to have a retroactive de-grading.  The professor and I seem to have exhausted all administrative processes within the law school.  There may be some way to seek relief through the general university, but I don't know where.

Due to changes in the law school largely relating to the economy, the advanced opportunities in this area of the law that I was counting on participating in next year have been canceled.  So ... I have a lower GPA, a bad grade, and heart.  Lots of heart. 

What would you do? 


I'm a second-year student and am jaded -- with some naivete -- on the practice of law.  The academy gains appeal each day.

What are your impressions on how a JD may affect the development of an academic career that would focus on multiple subjects, some of which involve public policy and other legal intersections? 

I'm wondering about 1) admission to the nation's traditionally prestigious programs and how a JD (and/or a year or two of practice) may be viewed alongside GRE scores, undergrad/law grades, and research interests (and their overlap with faculty expertise) and 2) how a JD (with or w/out practice) informs both the placement and work of a teaching/researching social scientist.


Current Law Students / How to become a professor?
« on: March 07, 2007, 09:35:09 AM »
What are the digs?  Any insight on anything at all? 

(I'm still waiting to figure out which school to attend)

Does this happen often?  What's typical workload / compensation?

Lemme know.  If you're ever in Salt Lake, I'll buy you a cup of coffee!  Or something. 

Thanks and I wish you well with your efforts!

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