I'm very interested in the personal statement idea. Is the thought that we would transition away from a stressful, evaluative end of the class into a more meaningful, personal final discussion centered on our personal statements? I think that would be a really fitting way to end a class like this one, but it would probably only work if we got all Hs so that there was no evaluative aspect to the experience
Everyone in this room has already worked hard to be at HLS. And we worked hard to make it through 1L. At this point, any differentiation that we can get through grades is valueless (if the differentiation is even valid at all). We should reject the idea of a system that pits us against one another and instead just settle that we will get Hs, and move on to the actual part of this school that we all came here for and that we all paid for which is actual learning from peers, from our professors, and not paying for an expensive sorting mechanism
I feel like it would be fair if the all H's standard were applied to this class, and discussion hasn't really taken a turn for the worse either since the idea was raised. In fact, I would say the opposite has been true.
I appreciate the openness of Nesson regarding his personal grading policy. However, I more broadly wonder why the school is so secret about grading and the curve? Currently, I don't know what these letters mean and it is impossible to get any meaningful answers from professors or administration
This is Fern speaking: when I was at HLS in the late 60's my class began a pass/fail movement to abolish grades and the faculty reluctantly agreed to a complicated form of it. It lasted for about 2 years. I'd be happy to describe it and the issues that arose from it.
There was an news article yesterday about a guy wanting to get a trial by combat for custody of his kids - could we get graded by combat? washingtonpost.com/crime-law/2020/01/15/ex-wife-trial-by-combat/
2) you may write anything you choose in response to the origonal prompt: what did you learn in this class. Your essay may be a personal exploration or an analysis of the justice issues, etc. IT should not focus primarily on doctirne sin ce that was not te subject of the class.
3) Charlie ended up giving all Hs in his seminar but he did not decide to do so in advance. He did so after he read the students' papers and considered their clss participation. He will do the same here. He will read your papers and consider whether you came to class and engaged in the experience. If all of your papers are outstanding, he will not consider himself to be bound by the dean's curve. If eveyonbe deserves an H, everyone will get one.
4) C and I have observed all of your wonderful lively engagement in class. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT re: class participation. The only people who need to worry about class participation are those who registered for the class and chose not to attend on a regular basis.
King Saul fell on his sword when it all went wrong
And Joseph's brothers sold him down the river for a song
And Sonny Liston rubbed some tiger balm into his glove
Some things you do for money and some you do for love, love, love
Raskolnikov felt sick, but he couldn't say why
When he saw his face reflected in his victim's twinkling eye
Some things you'll do for money and some you'll do for fun
But the things you do for love are going to come back to you one by one
Love, love is going to lead you by the hand
Into a white and soundless place
Now we see things as in a mirror, dimly
Then we shall see each other face to face
And way out in Seattle, young Kurt Cobain
Snuck out to the greenhouse, put a bullet in his brain
Snakes in the grass beneath our feet, rain in the clouds above
Some moments last forever, but some flare out with love, love, love
Great to hear! Their songs were featured on a show called Moral Orel that aired 10-15 years ago, it's a bit irrevent and can be offensive to some at times, but ultimately the show does develop a well-nuanced critique of religion/society, I definitely recommend it, it's on Hulu