Monday, July 09, 2012
Vacancy #2 on Supreme Court 2012 - Viewing the applications: the law school grades of the applicants
Ind. University-Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Joel Schumm has prepared for the ILB an introductory review of the materials submitted by the candidates for the upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. This entry is on the applicants' grades. See also the earlier entries on the applicants' ages and letters of recommendation.
It has become a tradition here on the ILB to report the law school grades and class rank of applicants. As described in an earlier entry: First on the list of statutory “considerations” for each member of the judicial nominating commission to weigh in evaluating Supreme Court applicants is “Legal education, including law schools attended and education after law school, and any academic honors and awards achieved.” Ind. Code § 33-27-3-2(a)(1).
Question IV.B. on the application form directed candidates: “List below all law schools and post-J.D. programs attended. Attach a certified transcript from each to the original application and attach copies of each transcript to each application copy.”
In addition, the form asked for "Degree and Class Rank."
The next question asked applicants to “[d]escribe any academic honors, awards, and scholarships you received and when.”
As in prior years, some applicants disclosed GPA and class rank on their applications while others did not. The completed applications will soon be posted online, but the transcripts may only be reviewed in person.
The following list, which was compiled by reviewing both the applications and the transcripts, is sorted by GPA and offered with the caveat that grading practices at some law schools have changed over the years.
|Vorhees||Notre Dame||3.671||“3 or 4”/180|
|Rush||IU-Maurer||3.12||Approx. Top 24%|
How much do grades matter in the selection process? At a recent IBA Young Lawyers Division Luncheon, Judge Tim Oakes asked rhetorically when was the last time a summa or magna cum laude law school graduate was chosen through merit selection. The answer would appear to be Justice Ted Boehm, a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School who was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Bayh in 1996.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 9, 2012 09:13 AM
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