I guess part of why I don't see how it is luck is that the same people consistently get the top grades and others consistently get the lower grades. If it was all up to luck there would be more mixing of grades. Furthermore, if it is all luck, then why do schools take the 1st year grades as a replacement for your LSAT (for transferring) and as a big indicator of your success on the bar exam?I will say there is definitely luck on finals, because a lot of people who did well first semester did not do well second semester and vice versa. The Dean's list did not have a lot repeat people on it, but there were some. One girl who was on academic probation first semester, got two Witkin awards the next semester, so I think there is a lot of luck in it. Schools and employers take the class ranking very seriously, but I really don't understand why. How you perform on a 3 hour multiple choice test and essay exams seems to be no indicator of your ability to be an attorney. It is an indicator for the bar, and I understand why the exams are that way, but for employers to only talk to people who got a few more multiple choice questions right, (which you can guess on) seems wrong to me. At least on the SAT you are penalized for guessing, I mean quite literally your pure luck on guessing on 3 or 4 multiple choice question could mean the difference between top 20% or Top 35% and it just seems weird to me. Legal Writing and Research should be the one class combined with a trial that determines you ranking, because that is real life. The system in it's current design is helping me out, but I really don't think it is right. That is just my two cents, and I doubt it is going to change anytime soon.
If you enjoyed the first few weeks of this term, you will LOVE the last few!(exams in lawschool are a unique process compared to undergrad)Expect the first few weeks of next term to have people who used perfect grammar and got all A's in undergrad to cry and scream in anger when they get straight C's since none of that means jack in lawschool and then see the guy who looks like GomerPile get all A's and say "Well gosh, aint that gonna be awsome, I got none B's er below, YEHAAA!" Watch, experience, and enjoy.