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?