« on: April 25, 2007, 02:57:14 PM »
1. Yes, it is nearly impossible to fail out of Harvard. Indeed, it is quite easy to get a B-.
2. Furthermore, most have BigLaw offers by October of their 2L year.
3. This does not mean that all, or even most HLS students then spend all their time drinking, and have no engaging class discussion. Having the option to do so does not necessitate one take it.
People have a way of adjusting their expectations according to their circumstances. Whereas the same students, were they at Brooklyn, wold be quite happy getting an offer from a top 50 firm, the culture at HLS convinces you that this is not success. Only an offer from Cravath, which you turn down for an Appellate clerkship, will suffice. Ergo, many, not all, continue to work hard and remain the same anal-retentive nerds that got them there in the first place.
Yes, absolutely, some spend weekends drinking at the Hong Kong. But that may well be because those people are more visible.... a vocal plurality? Perhaps less visible are the hoards that make it difficult to find an open carrel anywhere in the library.
HLS's curve is favorable, but that does not mean that it is really 'grade inflation'. It is populated by people who got As all their lives. If anything, the B/B+ average seems below what many deserve.
There is inflation at the lower end of the curve, for those who don't want a clerkship, have stopped caring, and have discovered the wonders of a scorpion bowl. Being able to turn in the bare minimum and get a C, to turn in a half-assed effort and get a B- is not quite fair to those who struggle endlessly to get those grades elsewhere.
However, that should not reflect poorly on the rest of the student body who still slave away just like the rest of you.