Quote from: PhiMuAmberkins on March 25, 2007, 04:49:14 PMHow's UALR Rev? I'll be at Fayetteville in the Fall...finally got all my stuff taken care of and *hopefully* will be graduating soon. On a advice/question/something actually pertaining to this thread note, I'm so incredibly confused about grading curves. My school doesn't curve grades, so I've never experienced this at all. Anyone care to explain? There are as many different curves as there are law schools. The ones I am familiar with are the mean/median curves. Some schools range from a B+ (top schools) to I have heard a low curve of C-!The way a mean/median curve works is that the entire class must come out to a mean/median of say 3.0. At my school it works like this: After the exam the prof reads all the tests, they then assign a grade to them. They then take all the grades and add them up, if that does not hit the mean/median of 3.0 for the entire class, they re-grade them. And start taking off points. This is where you can loose points for arbitrary reasons, nothing more than to get the grades to fit into the curve. You may have done A work, but be at the bottom of the A pile, so you get moved to B+ to make the curve work. It can be very aggravating. For there to be X amount of A’s there will need to be Y amount of C’s to get the curve to come out at 3.0. The curve can save you, or it can kill you, and there is not a lot you can do about it. There are no “right answers” on law school exams (and you don’t loose points for being wrong either). The exams are completely subjective, so your grade will vary with how the professor sees your answer. It’s a very different system than undergrad, knowing the material is NOT enough to get an A, there is luck, and knowing the prof to contend with.
How's UALR Rev? I'll be at Fayetteville in the Fall...finally got all my stuff taken care of and *hopefully* will be graduating soon. On a advice/question/something actually pertaining to this thread note, I'm so incredibly confused about grading curves. My school doesn't curve grades, so I've never experienced this at all. Anyone care to explain?
Rev - Could you please tell us what you feel are the reasons as to why you're in the percentage of the class rank that you are? Do you feel its a direct correlation to the amount of work/study time, or do you think its academically exceptional people outdoing the others. Do you think that achieving a top 10% class rank was/is possible for you? If you had it to do over what would you have done to secure better grades? Different study tactics, worked alone, worked with a group, studied less, studied more, etc...? Thanks in advance.
Hey Rev, Great Information. I appreciate it it all. I am also looking at UALR as my top choice. A couple of questions, though. What are the housing prices there. I am looking for some good ol affordable housing. I have seent the info about Barrister Place, but at $450, it is a little more than I want to spend. I would prefer to be around $250/ month. I know might be ridiculous, but I would like to try before I go and get a one bedroom. Also I wont be able to visit before the middle of the summer, so I would also like to know about the library? Work out facilities? Non-law extracurriculars? Lastly, How well are you aware of the job prospects in Houston. I have read that Fayetteville have more jobs outside of Ark, whereas Lil Rock work more in the state. I am not from Ark and I would prefer not to stay in the state. I want to go back home. Thanks in advance.
Rev-I'm starting at UALR this August and I'm way excited. What kinds of places do OCIs there? Is it only the big firms from LR? Also, what are you doing for the summer? Is it easy to find a paying legal job for the summer?Thanks for your help! (Thanks to Matthies, too, for starting this thread)