Before You Talk About Your Grades With Anyone…Read This

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Top 5%? Top 10%? Top 20%? Fantastic. Put that on your resume, tell your parents, your family, your pre-law advisor who you eventually want to thank in your fairy tale valedictorian speech, but for the love of God, don’t talk about your grades to other students at every gleaning moment.

It must be for sheer personal enjoyment, or boosting ones self-esteem, or maybe even linked back to some seventh grade geology exam when Johnny Henderson completely blew you out of the water and let everyone know about it. However deep rooted it is, get over it, and realize that your fellow classmates don’t care and don’t appreciate being told that you were the 3.9 in Community Property while they barely hit the median. It’s avoidable and you’re unnecessarily making someone feel like crap.

So here are a few tips to avoid being the ‘gunner’, ‘that guy/girl’, or better put, ‘the a**hole’.

  1. When you walk out of an exam, don’t tell anyone you killed it and you can’t believe how easy it was. I promise, the kid you just said that to re-thought his career choice at least twice during that exam and likely wrote his speech explaining to his parents why he failed out of law school. Pat yourself on the back for pushing them deeper into hysteria.
  2. After receiving grades, if you did well, don’t, under any circumstances, text/e-mail/call/smoke signal other classmates asking how they did. You know they did worse than you because you got a 4.0, so why does it matter? Are you asking simply so you can tell them you did better? If they wanted to know what you got, they would ask you.
  3. When you get a 3.7 after what most thought was an impossible exam, under no circumstances do you parade around complaining that you should have received the 4.0. You’re wrong in so many ways. If you deserved a 4.0, you would have received a 4.0.
  4. If a fellow student asks you about a potential class, Intellectual Property Law for example, don’t begin the response with, “oh, I got a 3.8, great class.” They don’t care how you did in the class. If they cared, the question would be presented like this, “what was your grade in IP Law?” There are no hidden signals, no implied inquiries, and this has no resemblance to the logic games section of the LSAT.
  5. Wear it. You did well, the above information is not to discourage you from doing well in law school, like I said in the beginning, it’s fantastic you did well. What this article is saying however, is that if you work hard, do well, and your grades reflect it, then be humble and wear the success in what you do, not what you say.

It’s inevitable that many are reading this thinking this isn’t them and there is no way they would ever do any of the above things. I can tell you they’re likely dead wrong because even as I write this article, I am easily victim to one or two of the above failures.

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  • pre-1L

    Can you relate this to the LSAT. Seriously, how annoying is it to be constantly asked what your score is after every practice test or what your GPA is connected with what’s your LSAT.

  • Good student

    I’m guilty of some of these. Oops!

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