Law Professor Calls for Cutting of 'C' Grades

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A law professor calls for the cutting of "C" grades.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock law professor Joshua Silverstein believes that law schools should mostly eliminate giving C grades.

He posits that the schools should raise their minimum satisfactory standards to a B-, and they should only hand out C’s in cases of poor performance.

In his argument, he points out that many of America’s top law schools have already moved away from giving a C grade, and he suggests that the country’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th tier schools follow suit.

At present, many of the latter programs require that certain numbers of first year students receive C’s, with some mandating that over 70 percent of beginners get the lackluster grade.

Silverman main reason for his recommendation is the potential impact C’s have on future prospects.

Since employers often consider a candidate’s overall GPA, assigning the inferior grades places students at a disadvantage in the job marketplace.

For that very reason, several law schools have made recent changes in their grading policies, some even making them retroactive, giving students an additional edge in their job searches.