About those midterms…

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Oct 12, 2009 in Fail | Subscribe

A couple keen observers noticed that my last three entries completely avoided any reference at all to my final two midterm exams in Torts and Property.  The omission was intentional — I discovered on Friday that the N.C. Central School of Law is apparently one of relatively few law schools that even have midterms (which just seems strange to me) so I didn’t want to dwell on the topic in deference to my non-NCCU readers :*

But then we had CivPro this morning…

Now remember I mentioned a few days ago that I thought things turned out better than expected in CivPro. And although I got [K]O’d in Contracts, I also felt pretty good about Property and at least so-so in Torts (I n00b-ishly didn’t watch the clock and ran out of time on the essay, but blazed through the multiples).

And then Mean Dean Green1 took all that confidence — both from myself and other students in the class — and dashed it across the cold, jagged rocks of reality.  He noted we will be having a “debriefing session” on Friday.  That translates to “extra class,” which triggered alarm bells in my mind since a midterm that generally turned out well could just use a snippet of pre-existing class time for review.

He also noted at several points that we would be “kicking it up a notch.” And if that didn’t adequately convey the point, he also noted that “y’all are not where you need to be.”

::cue the little siren GIF from the Drudge Report::

So to satisfy my own morbid curiosity, after class I went to his office hours and inquired about the class grades. He wasn’t willing to divulge much information, except to note that “the class average on the multiples was failing. And the essays I’ve read so far are much, much worse.” :beatup:

I’m going to be pulling out the little bit of hair I have left on my head waiting to get my paper back on Thursday…

Off to study Contracts and Property for tomorrow, and hoping those midterms turned out better.  Have a great night everybody! :)

  1. An appellation that, as previously noted, really doesn’t fit the man at all. []

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3 Comments

Soleil
Oct 13, 2009 at 12:06 AM

What portion of the final grade is the midterm worth?


 
JJC
Oct 13, 2009 at 12:14 AM

It’s also entirely possible that you were *not* one of the ones who happened to end up with a failing grade – he said it was borderline, didn’t he? Obviously that means that there were some students who scored high enough to keep the class average from being an overall fail. ;)


 
TDot
Oct 13, 2009 at 8:42 AM

lol no, the class average *was* an “overall fail” :P

@Soleil: 20% apiece. Basically a large enough chunk that folks can’t slack off and ignore it, but small enough that we can still salvage a passing grade by doing well on the final :)


 

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