If it Can't Be Lake Woebegone...A Nationwide Survey of Law School Grading and Grade Normalization Practices
University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law
Robert C. Downs
University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law
University of Missouri-Kansas City Law Review, Vol. 65, p. 819, 1997
This article explores various methods of grade normalization used by law schools. Based on a survey of 116 responding ABA accredited law schools, 84% have some form of grade normalization policy, and the trend is toward adoption of grade normalization. The survey assessed the types of normalization plans (distributional requirements, required means, required medians, set standard deviations, and informal policies), as well as the reasons schools have adopted such plans. It also inquired about methods for ensuring faculty compliance as well as justifications for departures from grade norms.
The article considers and responds to the arguments against grade normalization and makes the case for normalization on a broader regional or national level rather than just within schools.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 59
Keywords: law school grading policies, grade normalization, grading normalization plans
JEL Classification: A22, A23, A29, I20, I21, I29, K10, K19, K30, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 13, 2007
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