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Submission + - Law Schools Inflate Grades (

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 + - BP Documents Changed Risk Assessment (

bezenek writes: The quote from the New York Times article speaks for itself.

In April of this year, BP engineers concluded that the casing was â½ÂÅ"unlikely to be a successful cement job,â½Â according to a document, referring to how the casing would be sealed to prevent gases from escaping up the well. The document also says that the plan for casing the well is â½ÂÅ"unable to fulfill M.M.S. regulations,â½Â referring to the Minerals Management Service. A second version of the same document says â½ÂÅ"It is possible to obtain a successful cement jobâ½Â and â½ÂÅ"It is possible to fulfill M.M.S. regulations.â½Â Andrew Gowers, a BP spokesman, said the second document was produced after further testing had been done.

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