Law School unsolicited advice

Please don’t drop out…

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. Don’t let your grades become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  3. If your grades are good, do not coast. Everyone who did worse than you is going to be working that much harder.
  4. Read Success in Law School from Professor Burkhart.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Grades aren’t everything. You have a resume for a reason.

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6 Comments

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    rebecca
    January 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Damn it!!! I somehow lost your last two comments!! Send me the utube again….pretty please. Yes, I am 30! and yes the 21 year olds urk the hell out of me….

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    rebecca
    January 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    my school doesn’t give a rats ass if we are on suicide watch??

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    Jansen
    January 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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    paige
    January 27, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Hey,
    Love Law Counsel President’s advice. I’m going to have to make fun of him for that. My advice – def. don’t talk grades with classmates. Resist the urge to even make veiled comments. This is something I’m guilty of myself, and its just as annoying and useless. My reasoned response that I thought was appropriate- “I’m okay with my grades” translated to some people’s minds as “I’m top 10% bitches” which was not true.

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    Chère
    January 28, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    They sent us an email informing us that psychological counseling was going to be available for extended hours and sending us the phone number for the on-call therapist 2 hours before they released our grades.

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