Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Yes, But ...

The lonely libertarian is rarely sympathetic to such sob story law suits: Expelled Law Student Sues School Over Failing Out.

And while I do agree that it's silly to sue over this sort of issue as schools should be within their rights to make their curriculum as rigorous as they'd like, I think this lawsuit highlights the problem of grade inflation- not just in law schools but in all of academia. Remember when a C used to mean average? Now at St. Thomas University School of Law you can apparently fail out for having "above average" grades up to a GPA of 2.5.

This lawsuit probably has little merit- From what I've been told from older lawyers, law schools used to regularly fail out up to as many as a third or a half of the class. But once again, shouldn't failing out at least correspond to below average? I guess that might just do too much damage to the grades of the students who remain.


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