Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Response: problems with collaboration in law school

A practicing lawyer has responded to the student essay about collaboration:

My worst experiences in law school and in college involved group projects. There is always someone who does not pull their weight. Or worse, someone who drops a class rather than pull their weight for the group. The grading schemes never seemed to account for this. I remember a classmate who was supposed to present for 15 minutes of a 60-minute presentation. She finished in 5.

In the real world, by contrast, people pull their weight (more often) because failure to do so means firing or demotion. I admit, though, that most lawyers I know prefer solo projects to group projects.

Is there some way to simulate the "group product" experience without penalizing those who have poor luck (or choice) as to their group?

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