Thursday, June 19, 2008


My last spring grade posted yesterday, a B- in a seminar class. It is a grade I expected unlike the D+ I received in Environmental Law. Apparently, I am not as well-versed in environmental regulations as I thought (or at least not compared to my classmates), which does not bode well for next semester's environmental heavy course load.

See, my primary area of interest has changed: from Civil Rights to Environmental and Natural Resources. I envision myself working on policy issues related to clean water and clean air, with some energy law thrown in for good measure, and eventually segueing into solo practice of toxic torts or regulatory compliance consulting services. Not that my dream is dead but a D+, in a "major" class, momentarily rattles my self-confidence.


Butterflyfish said...

The way my school teaches enviro is admin on crack... not an easy class at all

sorel top said...

I'd ask for the grade spread for the final exam. We had a prof that gave almost 2/3rds the class Ds. Also, you might want to look at the mark up of your final exam and meet with the prof. Sometimes it is just a communication issue -- they look for key terms and didn't see you using them even though you understood the material. I wouldn't take it as a blow to your future goals, but I'd be concerned if you're going to have the same prof for your future enviro classes.

EatPlayLove said...

wow..I am going back to school this fall (master's in literacy) and I suppose I'll be in for all sorts of surprises..

LawSchoolMom said...

@Butterflyfish: It was a bit tamer than that and I really thought I understood the material (B on the midterm), but I think the option to write a paper, which was given to a few people, may have contributed to a steeper curve.

@sorel top: I will definitely review my exam. Our school has a pretty strict policy about grade disputes but it is worth a shot. Luckily, this prof is not teaching the other enviro classes in which I am enrolled.

@EatPlayLove: Hopefully in your masters program, your grade is not dependent on one exam like ours are in law school.