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YOUR 1L GRADES: FIVE-SECOND THERAPY FROM PROF. KERR

Oh how I wish professor Orin Kerr had been around 100 years ago, when two of my best friends considered dropping out of law school after suffering through the first half of 1L. (They didn't -- one now works here, another here.)

Today on The Volokh Conspiracy, the professor takes the podium to talk about 1L grades -- how they matter now and how they soon won't, as you seek your professional footing as attorneys, possibly as clerks, and as professionals. Are they important? Are they random? Should you chuck it all unless you went to the same school as your future big boss? Kerr covers it all -- here's an excerpt from his thoughtful post:

"Finally, it's important not to let lower-than-expected grades become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Recognize the psychological game going on here: many students expect their fall 1L grades to give them a lightning bolt of insight about their future in the legal profession. Grades don't do that, though: all they can do is measure how well you did relative to your classmates on a few 3-hour exams taken at a particular place at a particular time. Too many students think that grades are destiny, and begin to take steps to readjust their expectations to what they think is their destiny..."

What do you think of his advice? He's open to comments, here.

Posted by Laurel Newby on January 28, 2005 at 01:23 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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