The Effect of Class Size on Student Performance

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Thomas M. Cooley Law School

The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), September 16, 1994

Does a correlation exist between class size and student performance at the law school level? If so, is it a positive or negative one? The author compared class size with grades received in two first-year courses and one third-year course over a five-year period (a total of 24 classes). The results support the conclusion that a correlation does exist, and that student grades decline as class size increases. Particularly in first-year courses, larger classes seem to adversely affect overall class performance and contribute to a higher rate of student failure.

Keywords: law school, teaching, class size

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Date posted: December 21, 2010 ; Last revised: December 16, 2012

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Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, The Effect of Class Size on Student Performance. The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), September 16, 1994. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1728933

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Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)
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