What I'm really trying to say is raw grade I guess. I think they should convert the raw score to a letter grade. Schools should report your actual grade as well as your curved grade. I just don't see how it's fair that someone could potentially do B work and end up with a C or even D grade. I can see the utility in distinguishing someone's performance from the performance of the rest of the class, but it's just plain misleading to represent someone as being a C or D student when they've never even recieved a C or D score on any assignment or exam.Of course, it's like my Dad told me. The world isn't fair. Get used to it.
The reality of the forced curve (the curve at my school is set at about a B+) hit home with me a couple of days ago. We had to turn in short papers in my small group class that were worth a very small percentage of our grades. He handed the papers back. The class was divided 10/80/10 meaning that the top ten percent got the same grade (the highest grade), the middle 80 got the same grade and the bottom ten got the lowest grade. Now I know that there will be a little more differentiation in final grades since I have pluses and minuses at my school, but it still seems to me that the majority of the class is probably going to have very similar GPA's. Are my thought correct or am I missing something?
Are my thought correct or am I missing something?
yeah i'm at t20 also and am absolutley terrified that i might for the first time in my life end up on the wrong side of the bell curve. everyone is so similar in aptitude and ability, everyone studies all the time, everyone is taking the entire 1L experience very seriously, or at least as far as i can tell. how i'm going to distinguish myself come finals time is a complete and utter mystery to me.
Because most people who are smart enough to get into a good law school don't need to be arbitrarily separated by a forced curve. It's the main reason behind the cutthroat and ultra competitive nature of legal education. We can do without it.
Good point. I feel myself swaying to the other side. Really, I guess the only people who should be upset about a curve are the people at the bottom of it. It's way to early to tell where I'll fall on the curve, but I can think of a few people in my class I would definitely want to be differentiated from. I'll bet there's a few people who want to be differentiated from me.