Law School Grade Inflation
Eugene Volokh notes that there has been significant grade inflation at UCLA and other top law schools in recent years but makes a persuasive case that it is not all that problematic.
I think that’s right. Students at professional and graduate school tend to be quite bright and have demonstrated both through their interest in higher education and their selection to a particular school a rather high aptitude in their chosen field. The idea that a large number of law students should arbitrarily get “C” grades because of a pre-determined curve strikes me as silly.
Most PhD programs essentially have a tripartite grading system where the best students get A’s, most get B’s, and the rest are washed out. From a lay perspective, that seems like a system that would work for law and medical schools, too. I don’t want my health, freedom, or bank account dependant on “C” students.