Demystifying the Curve

Demystifying the Curve

Understand, at a bird’s-eye level, the infamous and arcane grading curve.


Welcome to Demystifying the Curve! In this lesson, we’ll survey law-school grading policies at a high level and explain what they mean for you.

I. Introducing the Law-School Grading Curve

In most classes, from kindergarten through college, a student’s grade on any assignment is based on the total percentage of the available points the student scores. Here, each student rises or falls based on the student’s own achievement, regardless how well the other students do. 

Law school is different....