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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Can't Fail at Yale

Evidently, it is impossible to flunk Yale Law School; their website reports: "All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass."  This explains a lot of things.

Posted by Marc Miller on May 20, 2008 at 12:34 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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No, they're not (I imagine) all doing great work. But I imagine that, barring illness or a prolonged process of deciding to drop out, all of them could do marginal work with modest effort and earn a Low Pass.

However, Yale Law is North Korea compared to Yale Med, where "attendance is not taken . . . Students evaluate themselves through optional, anonymous examinations. . . . In the first two years, there are no grades and there is no class ranking. . . . Freed from the usual anxieties provoked by examinations, students tend to learn for their future rather than for tests. Competition for grades is eliminated and students are eager to help one another. Class spirit is remarkably high year after year." Well, sure. http://www.med.yale.edu/education/admissions/yale_system/index.html

Posted by: Jack Chin | May 21, 2008 1:06:29 AM

", the quality and work ethic of Yale students "

Really? Are all Yale students producing high quality work with a high work ethic. (From personal experience, I think about 70% are.)

Posted by: S.cotus | May 20, 2008 10:47:42 PM

Come on, come on, no hate for YLS, only love. Of course, the quality and work ethic of Yale students justifies the award of no or virtually no "Fail" grades--but it is still amusing that their webpage makes it seem that F's have been formally eliminated. YLS is a great place (even though I only had two semesters as an LL.M. student) not least because of the lack of anxiety about grades. I personally benefited from the fabled "Provisional Pass", where you get credit and graduate based not on actually completing course requirements, but on a promise to finish the requirements at some time in the future! Thanks again, Peter Schuck!

Posted by: Jack Chin | May 20, 2008 3:59:13 PM

There are failing grades, and professors at YLS who aren't afraid to give them out. They probably wouldn't want to advertise that on their front page link. Why the hate, Professor Chin?

Posted by: anon | May 20, 2008 2:00:25 PM

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