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47 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1968)

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VOL 47 NO. I  CAMBRIDGE, MASS., SEPTEMBER 12. 1968  FIFTEEN CENTS
Grades Zoom Under New System-
Four Out of Five Receive B Average

Dean Addresses 1st Year Class (See Page 2)
Salaries Soar Upward
Law firms from Atlanta to Los Angeles
are steadily upgrading the salaries of start-
ing associates in response to a New York
law firm's statement last February that it
would pay associates $15,000 per year.
A month after the Cravatl, Swaine &
Moore announcement, the starting salary out-
look was still cloudy. A management con-
sulting firm, Daniel S. Cantor, surveyed 140
law firms and found only eight that were
planning to match the $15,000 starting sal-
ary. Twenty-four of the firns had starting
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'Intenional Inflation'
The new grading system, in its first year
of application, has accomplished its intended
inflation of averages: the B average is now
Harvard Law's mean, with four of every
five students making B or better.
Under the new system over 76 per cent of
the first year students and almost 81 per
cent of the second year class made at least
a B average (not including those making
B-).
This year's super-averages, in terms of
letter grades the highest ever given at the
Law School, are the product of student pres-
sure against the former system under which
many exceptionally bright students were
making C averages. Formerly nearly half
a typical class had C averages or less.
At a meeting on May 14, 1968, the fac-
ulty, in response to recommendations by the
.Joint Student Faculty Committee, approved
the elimination of class rank, except for such
internal purposes as awarding academic
prizes and determining membership in the
three honoraries. It also voted to abolish
official grade averages, except for determin-
ing cure laude, magna curn laude, and summa
cum laude.
Most significantly, the faculty converted
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