We recently got back our memos, which means that I have an inkling of where I stand in my legal research and writing class. I'm not going to discuss my grade with you but I will discuss how odd it was to wait for the paper to be returned. My classmates were practically in tears waiting for their papers. Our professor actually brought tissue and for the third time, he went over the dreaded law school curve, how legal writing is a learning process, how we aren't going to be in the top of our class anymore, etc. I couldn't believe this! Really?

There was so much stress in the room I couldn't take it. I'm one of those people who inadvertently takes on other people's stress and just sitting there was making me ill. The one thing I was happy about was that I was ok about getting a bad grade. Law school is a learning process and I was prepared to maturely accept my grade. And I did just that.

Grades can be a very humbling experience. I just wish my fellow classmates would realize this rather than getting upset. Oh! But we did have that one person who gloated about their grade!

And yesterday, this same person "worked" on her paper before class, so her paper just sat there for the whole world to see. Really? I felt like asking her if she was planning on announcing her other grades as well. In some ways I'm surprised by her ego, however in other ways I'm really not surprised. In many ways I think she is our class gunner, as best defined by the urban dictionary of course!

8 Comments:

  1. Tokyo Kiss said...
    It's good that you're not letting the grade get to you. How many more memos do you have to write?
    no634 said...
    Oh no! Legal writing at my school is pass/fail, and they don't give grades. Just satisfactory or "redo this, stupid."

    So it's stress free I guess...

    ...they also don't tell us our ranks either.



    Oh, and the CivPro Shuffle sounds like a hot mess. lol
    New Kid on the Hallway said...
    Whenever our Legal Writing prof has give back anything graded, so far, he's given us the big spiel about how we are not our grades, they don't mean anything about us as people, they're just an indication of one person's opinion of one piece of work compared to others at one point in time, yada yada yada. I mean, it's good to have such a speech, but I was a little surprised at how serious he was about it. Then again, this is the first time I've been graded on a curve... (though our assignments haven't really been curved yet, I think, not seriously.)
    Useless Dicta said...
    Hey just found your blog- good luck the rest of the semester!

    Grades are very humbling at first in law school, but in time everything sorts itself out. The person who gloated will be put in their place, maybe not in legal writing, but eventually they too will be shown that they are not perfect all the time.

    Good luck the rest of the semester! You definitely already have a leg up on the rest of your class mates by realizing that Grades aren't necessarily everything :)
    Kel said...
    Thanks for all your comments!

    But seriously, it's tough work NOT thinking about grades!
    (In)Sanity Gal said...
    The grades thing can sure as hell kick you in the arse. At my school, they talk out of both sides of their mouths - one time telling you that grades don't matter, another time telling you that everyone with great grades will succeed and the rest...well...
    And I guess, in some ways they're both right. After doing recruiting this fall, it's definitely clear that the folks with the top grades got offers - and fast. But the rest of us will do alright too and eventually it won't matter. We'll just be doing our jobs.
    Amanda said...
    Props on your positive attitude! It can be really difficult to maintain your perspective when folks around you are going nuts, especially about grades.
    We just handed in our first graded assignment, or the draft of it actually (although that's graded too), and got an email today telling us that he's not handing them back until the first week of NOVEMBER! Talk about extending the anticipation!
    Rebecca said...
    Oh man...I get my first grade next in legal writing week. I am petrified. I have the whole curve thing straight in my head but I guess my dreams of a 3.0 are prob. not gonna come tru! Ugh. a 3.0 in undergrad was failing. :(

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