Supreme Court Nominations

Elena Kagan Was Upset by Her B-Minus in Torts

One of Elena Kagan’s classmates counseled her not to worry when she received a B-minus in torts, the lowest grade of her law school career.

Jeffrey Toobin, the legal affairs writer for the New Yorker, recalls that Kagan and her friends were shocked by the grade, the New York Times reports. She also got another B that semester, in criminal law; both grades were the worst of her law school career, the story says. She received a B-plus in two other classes and A’s in all the rest.

“She was definitely upset about this torts grade—there was no doubt about it,” Toobin told the Times. “I remember saying to her that in the larger scheme of things it will not loom very large, and I would say history has vindicated me on that matter.”

Kagan went on to become Harvard law dean and President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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