Law professor Joshua Silverstein wrote a piece in the University of San Francisco Law Review that’s sure to make him a hit on ratemyprofessor.com. He wrote that law schools should “substantially eliminate” C grades because they’re too stressful on students.
Silverstein argued that students who see a big fat C written on their paper would leave them psychologically damaged. Really, “psychologically damaged?” If he thinks getting a C is that traumatic of an experience just wait till they get that first student loan payment. Real trauma is having to pay back a $150,000 law school tuition.
He went on to describe other ways that low grades might damage students. Like a bad grade might hurt employment prospects. Well, good! Isn’t that the whole point of getting good grades? I wouldn’t want an average doctor performing heart surgery on me, why would I want an average lawyer defending me in court? Watching the “Chewbacca defense” is funny when it’s used on “South Park” but I don’t want my lawyer to actually use it.
Plus, bad grades aren’t really all that bad. They tell us a lot about ourselves, like whether we should be a lawyer or not. My bad grades told me that I should definitely not become a mathematician.
Besides, it’s not the end of the world if you graduate from law school with a C average. There’s always a place for you in politics. That’s where all the dumb lawyers eventually end up and they’re doing just fine.