“Grit and Grind” Your Way to Law School Success

The Grindfather

The Grindfather

If you’re getting ready to start law school and are worried because you have a below-average LSAT score, you need to read my new ABA blog post.  In it, I explain data about the correlation between LSAT scores and first-year grades, which is weaker than most people realize.

While LSAT scores correlate with success for some students, they do not reliably predict success or lack of it for any individual student because the LSAT does not take into consideration many key ingredients to success, including “grit.”

Look at the Memphis Grizzlies. They’ve made the NBA playoffs for six straight years without any superstars. Their motto, coined by Grindfather Tony Allen, is “grit and grind.” Now, Professor Angela Duckworth has authored a bestselling explaining her research that shows “grit”–perseverance and single-minded determination–is at least as important as native intelligence in predicting success.

Check out over at ABAforLawStudents.com.

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Andrew Jay McClurg is a law professor whose teaching and research interests include tort law, products liability, legal education, privacy law and firearms policy. He holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
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