Ah yes, I remember the good ole days when grading on a curve meant everyone’s grades went UP! Like when the best kid in the class got a 90%, so they made his grade a 100% and my 80% when up to a 90%. Man, those were great days.
I believe I was the last person in my class to learn that law school is also graded on a curve. The Dean was speaking to use earlier this week when she said “...and the grades are all curved, but that’s no surprise to anyone here” Uh...rewind...seriously?! How am I the only one in that room who was actually surprise?
Law School Curve:
First, We have a 9 point scale.
9 = A+
8 = A
7 = B+
6 = B
5 = C+
4 = C
(however if you have a C average, you flunk out of law school)
And so on.
Now to explain the curve. For example, only the top 10% of the class can get an A. So I could totally dominate a test, but if 10% double dominate the test, I will get a B.
Let me explain a different way. My classes range from 35 people to 140 people per classroom. That means, in order to get an A in my smaller class, only 3-4 people can do better than me on the test. And in my large class, 14 people can do better than me.
Or in picture form:
|showing off my impressive "paint" skills|
However, I have yet to experience that at UNL. Thankfully, we are known for our community and general pleasantness. But I have heard horror stories from other schools about student ripping out pages in books, or just cutting out the citations to prevent others from competing assignments!