Better Grades @ No Extra Cost
Norman Otto Stockmeyer
Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School
November 15, 2012
The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), June 3, 2011
A 1975 study, confirmed by another one in 2001, found a high positive correlation between class attendance and course grades at the law school level. A study by the author of this article sought to confirm the findings. In third-year courses taught at three law schools, grades earned by students with perfect attendance were compared with grades earned by students whose absenteeism triggered a warning letter. The results confirmed existence of a strong positive correlation between class attendance and grades. Attendance (or non-attendance) affected grades by an average of almost half a grade level.
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Keywords: law school, teaching, class attendance, course grades
Date posted: December 21, 2010 ; Last revised: December 16, 2012
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