It’s amazing how much importance students give to their law school exam grades. However, law school exam grading isn’t nearly the analytical process that students think it is. For many students, the act of getting a mark is all about getting into the school and passing the exam. They don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what they got or what questions were on the exam. And they certainly have no interest in finding out what they didn’t do well-they just know they passed and they figure they’ll soon find out how well they did.
This attitude is typical for young law school graders. I experienced this first hand when I was young. I remember thinking, “Why should I even bother? Everyone is doing it, so why not me?” That was my perspective at the time, but I soon discovered that my professors were using the grading system to help them decide which students should be in their classroom.
Other factors play into law school exam grading as well. Questions vary from one examiner to the next, and the format varies from school to school. Some exams have length limits, some don’t, and some still have all the regular rules of traditional exams, while others still use the grid type grading system.
The point-grading system used by law schools is designed to reward hard work and to discourage lazy grades. If an individual law student doesn’t try very hard, he won’t get very many points, and that’s definitely worth keeping in mind. However, if someone is persistent and works diligently, he can still end up with respectable grades, just perhaps not as high as someone with zero effort.
Most law schools now use computers to grade exam papers, and these grade reports often come with all the regular information about each test taker. Some are helpful in highlighting areas where a person struggled but didn’t show enough growth. Others may provide useful tips for future efforts and help the person keep motivation up.
So which way is better? Hopefully, the answer is a “no.” Grades aren’t everything, and it’s important for a person to realize that law school exam scores alone aren’t everything. In fact, a person should also take care to learn about the types of questions he will face during his career at the law school.
There are several types of questions on which a person can gain insight. For example, a prospective law grader should spend a few years studying the types of questions his professors assign him. Not only does this give the person an idea about what kinds of questions are likely to appear on his test, but it also provides valuable and relevant feedback. Furthermore, law school professors know how to effectively grade students, so they can give intelligent and useful feedback. Some types of grades may be easy to understand, but some are not, and being able to identify which questions are relevant and which ones aren’t can certainly give law graders an advantage over other potential law school graders.
This kind of information should not only be gained from class discussions, but from the bar exam itself. In addition to classroom discussions and exam reviews, law school professors often take part in bar exams and give out useful feedback during these sessions. If a law school professor decides to give out feedback, it’s probably best that he or she also discuss grading methods and the types of questions that are likely to appear on a test.
Another key point to consider is that most law school professors do not take into account the actual time spent answering questions when determining their final grades. Instead, they prefer to see the number of students that take the entire test. Therefore, it’s important to ask about the length limits of the test and about the average time taken by each group. These limits are not fixed, so it’s important to ask about them. It’s also important to know the average time taken by each student for the first two years of law school before considering the length limit.
When it comes to studying for and taking tests, you should follow the directions given to you. For instance, if you’re given a list of questions to study, take the time to read the instructions carefully. Even if a book tells you to pick up a pen, you shouldn’t jot down your answer on a tea bag or lip stick. In fact, most law school test scores are influenced by your ability to analyze and understand the question and select an answer that both covers the focus of the question and reveals your skills well. Similarly, you should make sure that you bring lots of extra papers, not just enough to cover the test but more than you think you’ll need.