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Submission + - Law Schools Inflate Grades (nytimes.com)

bezenek writes: From the NY Times article:

[Loyola Law School Los Angeles] is retroactively inflating its grades, tacking on 0.333 to every grade recorded in the last few years. The goal is to make its students look more attractive in a competitive job market. ... Students and faculty say they are merely trying to stay competitive with their peer schools, which have more merciful grading curves... [M]any Loyola students are ineligible for coveted clerkships that have strict G.P.A. cutoffs.

The article includes a list of other schools who have changed their grading schemes, including New York University, Georgetown, Golden Gate University,Tulane, UCLA, UC Hastings College of the Law, and Vanderbilt University. Other law schools are eliminating grades for a pass/fail system. These include Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Yale.

Submission + - How Do I Get a Job Being Given to an H-1B? 1

bezenek writes: I have a masters degree in electrical engineering and a masters degree in computer sciences (top-tier research school). I have over 20 years of programming experience. (If you count college courses, I started programming more than 30 years ago.)

I see H-1B applicants with much less knowledge than I do filling jobs. Right now there is an opening as a result of a green card application which I could fill. The position pays very well.

There are three problems:

1. The H-1B candidates in some cases do not know what they need to know to do their jobs--thus I would by default be a better candidate. Here is an example to prove my point: I interviewed an H-1B applicant for a position writing support scripts for Linux systems. It was a struggle to find a question the candidate could answer. One example: Question: Given a directory of text files on a Linux system, show me how you can get a list of the files which contain the word "error." After several tries, I asked the candidate if they were familiar with grep. I never did get an answer to the question. The candidate was hired for the job, but not based on my review.

2. If I apply for a position which has to be advertised before a green card is issued, I burn all of my bridges with the hiring manager who wants to keep the person they already have--otherwise why would they be going through the trouble of applying for a green card. (Remember, the H-1B visa is meant to be a way to hire someone temporarily when there is not someone available with the appropriate knowledge and/or skills. Too keep the person beyond a certain time, a green card must be obtained.) I also probably burn every bridge at the company, since HR is going to have to be involved.

3. If a company hires an H-1B and I know I am better (or as) qualified, there is no one to whom I can complain. I tried this once. I called the Department of Labor, the CIA, and a couple other government organizations. Everyone said there was no one in charge of enforcing the H-1B laws.

So, the problem is, how do I find out about jobs which are being given to H-1Bs which I might be able to do. And, how do I place myself into those positions without upsetting people?

Any suggestions?

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