I Don’t Get It

About 22 Intro to Law students elected Grading Option B, which requires that they research and write a short paper.  I implore those who elect Option B to send me drafts at least two weeks before the paper is due. I stress the importance of soliciting and responding to my feedback.  The paper is due Thursday.  Today, less than 72 hours before the deadline, six students have submitted drafts for review and comments.  Six out of 22.  What are they thinking?

6 thoughts on “I Don’t Get It”

  1. With all due respect, professor Randall, are you crazy?

    Have you any idea what percentage of college papers get written the day before they are due? Yes, even those written by students who have elected voluntarily to write said papers when they could have just chosen grading option A. Exacerbated by the added toils of Thanksgiving vacation and Monday night football, your remaining students aren't likely to give these papers' much loving between now and, at the earliest, Tuesday evening. That's just how undergrads roll.

    Sad, but true.


    Your recently undergradate son.

  2. I am going to have to agree with Nathan. Looks like you have a typical case of undergraduate procrastination. I remember those days, unfortunately (or likely fortunately) they no longer exist in Law School. You might want to make an announcement to any future law students that that particular omission will likely throw them well under the law school bus. Less law students = less competition, maybe don't tell them that.

  3. Students try to stay on schedule but they procrastinate. That is the way it is. No matter how early they say they will get something done, something else always takes priority. What can I say? It’s human nature to wait until the last minute to do things.

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