Better Grades @ No Extra Cost
The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), June 3, 2011
1 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2010 Last revised: 2 Feb 2018
Date Written: November 15, 2012
A 1975 study, and 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 the 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.
Keywords: law school, teaching, class attendance, course grades
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