Today’s Legal Intelligencer had an article about mandatory attendance at law schools. In the article, David Hoffman, a professor at Temple, said that he follows the law school’s policy that any student who misses more than 20% of classes can’t sit for the final exam. Hoffman also noted, “I, generally, feel the arguments for having a mandatory attendance policy are relatively weak and that law schools and law professors should be making their own decisions.”
I see both sides of the argument and I think it really depends on the class. I can say that there wasn’t a correlation between my attendance and grades. My worst grade in law school was in a class that I never missed. I had decent grades in classes that I attended more sporadically — but within the 20% of course!