I can eat cereal just as fast as my brother, but he eats hot dogs faster than me. Can I jump around and yell "d**mn it, hot dogs are biased against me!" No.
this thread has become pointless because of the gross over exageration that is going on. first of all, the difference between #1 and #2 is not going to be so spread apart that it is going to matter that greatly. obvioulsy #1 looks better on a resume than #2 but most law firms arent going to hire someone based simply on rank alone. if #1 and #2 show up for the same job its probably going to come down to the interview, not their GPA. obviously #1 at harvard counts for more than #1 at cooley or most other schools, simply due to the reputation of the school. the arguement that i am giving is that with the way that law school works and how selective it has become in recent years, most schools are going to find themselves with a group of students that will before equally, and some that will excell and some that will fall behind. this is why a curve shouldnt be neccessary. it should happen naturally. students can still be ranked against one another, but why should it be neccessary for someone to receive a C or D if they are performing at a B level? simply because of the curve? that doesnt make sense. grade students and give them the grade they deserve, the class ranking will show where students stand in their class, GPA doesnt show that anyway. GPA should be used to show at what level your performing, class rank should be to show how you are performing in comparison to everyone else. why there are curves simply doesnt make sense. it only functions to hurt the job prospects of students at schools with difficult curves, and that is a school purposely putting its students at a disadvantage.
At Cooley students use the same books T1 schools use and learn the exact same material out of them. However, Cooley grades atrociously. To earn a B or a C for that matter at Cooley is a well accomplished thing. Cooley grades based on the knowledge of a practicing attorney. A Cooley grad with a 2.50 GPA could blow a tier one grad with a 3.50 out the door knowledge-wise.
People don't go to law school only for the money. Some go for the education, the connections and the "confirmation from society." Many parents, e.g., are huge believers in advanced degrees, and they push their children to do 'em.