When to Gripe About a Grade

Vol. 42 No. 8


G.M. Filisko is a lawyer and freelance writer in Chicago.

You know the feeling. You take an exam and walk away feeling fairly confident. Then when you get your grade, your first thought is confusion, perhaps even denial: “This can’t be right!”

That series of events likely happens hundreds of times each year at law schools across the country. With the following considerations, you can assess your grade and options best. You should understand how to explore a grade’s accuracy, the process for questioning a grade, the pros and cons of making your case, and tactics for achieving a positive outcome, even if your grade never budges.

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