Ok, I'll admit it, I'm a little upset with the second year students in Property I. Here is why:
1. They answer the questions before I have a chance to even think about answering. This has several consequences:
A. I cannot participate at the level I should/would and this could affect whether I get a professor's discretionary "plus up" grade.
B. I cannot "arrive" at an answer myself the way they insist is such an asset to the socratic method; therefore, this could potentially affect my ultimate lawyering skills.
2. I don't know how they will affect the curve. If they are deemed as part of section "A" then, in my opinion, this is unfair. Consider the fact that this curve depends on the assumption that we are all the same starting out, when in fact they are much more advanced. These students have at least twelve doctrinal credits under their belt, and four exams. This is a lot more experience than any first year student has, and most people tell me that they do better on tests after their first semester, simply because they have the experience. Couple that with the fact that they have also had Legal Methods, which hones the technique one needs for answering exam questions. That just goes against fair play... especially since none of those students accepting scholarships from this school were aware of the true conditions they would be under to maintain their GPA requirement.
Now that I have that off my mind... I would also like to add that there are 16 potential second year students in our class. I am in the process of verifying that number.
I am thinking about trying to ask how the "curve" is applied, and if they separate the second year students in the section in order to make a fair playing field. I'm not sure who to ask... the registrar? the professor? Any suggestions? Please keep in mind that I don't want to piss anyone off either.
Oh... and if any of you were wondering, no, I don't have anything better to do on a Friday night. Maybe we can get together for a burger or something.