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Grades can be irrelevant.

At Legal Writing Prof Blog, on-line pal and scholarship dude James Levy suggests a correlation between a law student’s grade in legal research & writing and overall law-school success. In response, I offer two personal facts:

  1. My grade in legal research & writing was C+.
  2. At graduation, I ranked 5th in my class of just under 200. That C+ tied for the lowest grade I received in any law-school course.
I would add that I write a blog about legal writing, but that’s irrelevant; anyone can write a blog about anything they want. But based on my own experience, I offer this advice to law students: What you learn in a course is more important than your grade for that course.


David M. Gottlieb

"What you learn in a course is more important than your grade for that course."

Unless, of course, you want a job after law school.


Good point. But keeping the job depends on what you’ve learned and continue to learn.

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