Hola, I just joined the board. I am a 1L at a T30 law school.
I have a problem...I am feeling really destroyed about a grade I received on the largest writing assignment for my LR&W class. We had two assignments throughout the semester. The first assignment, a memo, I received an A- on, got pretty much only two comments about organization and failing to include a case the teacher wanted to be mentioned. His comment was "I know you are capable of writing an excellent trial brief"
So I did my trial brief, probably put in 3 times the amount of time spent on the memo, visited the teacher about my organization, worked with my TA on several occasions, revised, revised, revised. I went through the instructions, grading rubric, double checked to make sure all the cases were included, focused on everything the teacher said he wanted include, etc. etc. Turned it in feeling completely confident and proud of the effort I had done. Then I get my grade for the class, a B+. I was a little disappointed and confused.
I am applying for a job which requires a writing sample so I emailed the professor asking for my grade on the final brief since I want to submit the assignment which got the highest grade. He emailed me back. You got a B on the final brief. Needless to say, I am shocked, really upset, confused, the whole spectrum of crappy emotions.
I am not a crybaby, nor do I feel like I am only deserving of top grades or something. But this really hurts. I don't understand how I could do so well on my first assignment, having never written anything legal before, and then go down on the grade spectrum when I put even more effort and nitpicked to the teachers liking. Normally if this happened, I would say to myself, ok letís see what you can work on for next time, but I don't think I would do anything different. And itís hard for me to blame the teacher for being an ass because I like to hold myself accountable.
Sorry for the rant, but I feel really bad and alone. I am supposed to be working on this application for a scholarship today and I just don't have any motivation and my confidence has gone out of the window. I don't want to talk to my friends about this, my boyfriend doesn't understand, and my parents just say "oh well try harder next time". Thanks.