Friday, July 07, 2006

So it goes

It’s raining again. I know it’s the rainy season, but this is getting ridiculous. And it’s not that usual Miami 10-minutes-of-apocalyptic-rain-then-back-to-unbearable-humidity stuff. It’s been raining for hours at a time. Better than hurricanes, right? This time last year we'd already had Dennis. So far we've only had Alberto, and he was nothing.

Read student’s rant about blind grading. I agree that the theory is nice but the application has flaws. Especially notice his last paragraph, in which he states that no only is his rant sour grapes, but he has a perfect 4.0 GPA. Good for him.

I heard that they’re mailing out the class ranks on Monday. So it only took two months to get everyone’s grades back. Efficient.

About that complaint from the other day about not having a scanner to scan my reference letters for clerkship applications? Um, never mind. There’s a scanner you can use attached to one of the computers on the first floor of the Richter library.

Are you bored? Read SuperBee’s description of a really crummy meal at a lousy Chinese restaurant. That SuperBee can be a prolific blogger at times.


At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Student's rant may be correct to a degree, but I am not fully convinced student is spot-on. Froomkin wrote about how he grades, and I recently spoke with another professor about how he grades. That professor said that he does see who did what in his class before he signs off on the grades, but that that occurred as a last step. It was unclear whether he had leeway in changing the grade at that point.

But, ass-kissing only goes so far. Clearly it works best in LRW; perhaps secondarily in the elective (I just finished first year). I do know of students who shared considerable face-time with professors in their electives but who did not perform as well as expected. That can occur, however, for many reasons.

Frankly, information would be nice. No where on the law school website does it mention exactly how the grading procedure works. Perhaps it should, because when professors offer different claims as to how the grading procedure works, it does make you wonder just how much leeway the system affords.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger some guy said...

I agree. Openness would be nice. Most profs give a basic statement -- exam is 90 percent, participation/attendance is 10 percent -- but what does that really mean? Being that we're in law school, it's more than a little ironic that the actual details of the system are hidden behind this impenetrable curtain.


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