IS THE GRADING SYSTEM OF LAW SCHOOL FLAWED
When it comes to law school, there are mainly two things people really care about: securing a job and getting the best grades possible. Grades have always been scrutinized as a measure of intelligence but in law school there’s no time for scrutiny because grades are made a huge focal point of a law school student’s career, which brings me to the following dilemma: Is The Grading System of Law School Flawed?
One of the problems grades create in law school is some people aren’t learning to learn the material their only concern is learning to get a good grade. Sure there may be many questions about the material during a lecture but guaranteed something about the exam is always brought up. “Is this on the exam”, “how would I write this on the exam”, “how much would this be worth on the exam”, etc.
It is understandable why students place heavy emphasis on the final exam because its basically the only grade you get from the class. Frankly it may be too much at stake. Students have been conditioned and hard wired to always have a contingency plan that can make up lacking percentages if they ever needed the extra boost from their professor but with law school final exams, that contingency plan is tossed out the window.
A possible solution to this problem may be weekly assignments. Weekly assignments constantly keep students on their toes and make them visit the material routinely rather than stressed out hours and hours of studying because you don’t know exactly what to study for.
Granted their is an advantage to having one big final exam with minimal assignments in between because it allows more focus to go into your studies and not worry about some quiz or piece of homework that won’t matter much.
However if students actually grasping the practicality of the material is to become the norm instead of just learning for exam purposes then the discussion is to be had and it won’t be an easy one.