Hi. I'm seriously thinking of going to L&C. I've lived in Portland for 5 years, on the East Side.
I've never been in a school with an imposed curve like this. Does it produce weird competitive behavior in the students? I've heard that L&C is a pretty friendly and supportive environment amongst the students.
The curve isn't really a big deal, in my opinion. Especially since there will be a curve no matter where you go to law school (as far as I know) it's not something I'd worry about. I didn't notice any weird competitive behaviour, in fact just the opposite - everyone always seemed very supportive and helpful.
Also I described the curve slightly incorrectly here:
I think each prof can set it to whatever they want as long as it's under a B.
After I posted that I remembered that my contracts prof. had set the average at a B so I went back and checked the manual. Each prof. can set it to whatever they want as long as it's no higher than
a B (so the average can be up to a B - there are exceptions for seminar classes, etc but that's the general rule).
I love it at L&C so far, but it's the only school I applied to so it's tough to say how it compares to other law schools.
As to post-graduation jobs, I think a larger than average portion of L&C students go there looking to do government or public service work (e.g. more than half the people in my orientation group were planning on focusing on enviornmental law) which might
account for what shaz was talking about (I don't know the statistics so I'm just guessing).