Because grades come out at 4pm, the law school is forcing us to attend a “please don’t drop out” lecture. This is how it started:
Student council president: “There are some research studies on the effect of grades on depression, and turns out the lower you are on the bell curve, the more depressed you are!”
Dean: “Don’t worry. I’ll be talking after him.”
The Dean’s grade tips:
- If you’re confused about a grade, get feedback from your instructor. And I know that’s horrifying, but your professor is the only one who can give you that kind of feedback. If you don’t do this then you’re flying blind about what you can do this semester.
- Don’t let your grades become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
- If your grades are good, do not coast. Everyone who did worse than you is going to be working that much harder.
- Read Success in Law School from Professor Burkhart.
- Do something beside law school. If you were a professional law student your first semester then join legal bowling. Whatever you like that’s active and feeds your soul, do that.
- Have the “grades” conversation with someone outside of your section, or outside of the law school. Loved ones and family members a good place to start.
- Grades aren’t everything. You have a resume for a reason.