Psst! Want higher grades without studying? All you have to do is enroll law schools:
The school is retroactively inflating its grades, tacking on 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years. The goal is to make its students look more attractive in a competitive job market.
In the last two years, at least 10 law schools have deliberately
changed their grading systems to make them more lenient. These include law schools like New York University and Georgetown, as well as Golden Gate University and Tulane University, which just announced the change this month. Some recruiters at law firms keep track of these changes and consider them when interviewing, and some do not.
Law schools seem to view higher grades as one way to rescue their students from the tough economic climate — and perhaps more to the point, to protect their own reputations and rankings. Once able to practically guarantee gainful employment to thousands of students every year, the schools are now fielding complaints from more and more unemployed graduates, frequently drowning in student debt.
What's that? You're concerned about ethics? Well, these are lawyers we're talking about. Come to think of it, this does explain quite a bit (kidding! No lawsuits, please!)
Catherine Rampell of The New York Times has more: Link (Photo: Mark Graham/NY Times)