To “B” Or Not To “B”

Posted: January 16, 2009 in Miscellaneous

Well, today is the day we get our grades. This qualifies as a really big day.

We are supposed to get them by email mid-afternoon (Pacific Standard Time), whatever that means. I suspect by 5pm PST we will be crying or jumping for joy or scratching our heads. Several of my classmates plan to be intoxicated (and most of them just a bit tipsy “before” looking at the grades).

I don’t know if I would have a desire to share my grades with the world at-large or not, but I think it is considered inappropriate. So I won’t be talking about them with any sort of specificity on my blog. For those of you in the rest of the country reading along, feel free to send me an email if you are interested – I don’t mind sharing whether they are good or bad. They are done, so nothing I can do with them anymore.

One of the unique things about law school grades is that practically everyone here is used to making all A’s and that law school professors are only allowed to give them to 10% of the class. That means 90%of us will be dealing with new experiences. Plus, because of the forced curve, even those who did really well on a test may end up with a poor grade if fellow students did “more really well” than they did. So, this afternoon, you just don’t know what to expect.

One step further. Most law school folks intend to get a summer associate position via interview during the fall semester of their second year (most especially those hoping to get a “top” paying job). Thus, the grades you receive your first year of law school may very well be determinative of the trajectory of your entire legal career. No pressure or anything.

And go on and add to that this present economy. Fewer jobs equal greater competition, making those grades loom as even more important than ever.

So it seems that today is a really big day.

At least it won’t be boring.

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