The LG Curve

September 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm 5 comments

I recently asked one of my law school classmates if he had heard of the “LG Curve.”  He shook his head and said, “I took statistics in college, so I should remember, but…”

When I realized he was slightly embarrassed about his “ignorance,” I confessed it was the perfect curve, created by yours truly.

The curve at UCI Law is seemingly generous because B+ is the mandatory median.  This is only generous, however, if most students are okay with the fact that they are more likely than not going to end up in the 3.3 vicinity.  It’s also only generous if few grades fall below the median.  One of my first-year professors described his curve as “beautiful.”  I thought, “Honey, that curve ain’t beautiful unless I’ve got an A on it!”

In my perfectly unbiased opinion, the LG Curve is the best way to go because it manages to adhere to the mandatory median while still giving students the benefit of the doubt.  I suggested it to Dean Chemerinsky last semester, and he seemed open-minded.  I actually think he uses a similar curve.  Well, naturally!

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. DJ Slam  |  September 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm



  • 2. C  |  September 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Interesting curve but….
    the median (equal number of data points above and below that value) is not B+ in the LG curve…
    You might be confusing it with mode (the most common element of the set)



    • 3. lollygabber  |  September 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      Well…the idea is that half of the data points will be at or below B+ and half will be at or above B+ so that person #50/100 has a B+. In the LG Curve, half of the students get a B+ (except for 1 or 2 slackers who get Bs), and everyone else gets an A or an A-. Doesn’t that adhere to the median?


      • 4. C  |  September 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

        Yep, that does.
        It doesn’t fit the graph that you drew though 😦
        The area under the curve from F-> B+ should = the area under the curve from B+ to A…
        (Calc returns with a vengeance)



  • 5. lollygabber  |  September 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I never said I was an artist!



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