Better Grades @ No Extra Cost

The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), June 3, 2011

1 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2010 Last revised: 16 Dec 2012

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Date Written: November 15, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: law school, teaching, class attendance, course grades

Suggested Citation

Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, Better Grades @ No Extra Cost (November 15, 2012). The Pillar (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), June 3, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1728963

Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )

1352 Hickory Island Drive
Haslett, MI 48840
United States
517-339-2246 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.cooley.edu/faculty/stockmeyer.html

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