During my years at Google, CLOC and now Ironclad, I`ve met countless CGs and in-house professionals struggling to evolve their legal departments and optimize their resources. Fortunately, I have some experience with this. Scaling is completely independent of orientation. Basically, scaling tries to take into account the differences in difficulty between subjects. For example, if you scored 63 in STEM and 63 in chemistry, scaling will likely change those numbers to account for their difference in difficulty between the two. Usually, but not always, a 63 is scaled higher in chemistry than the 63 in STEM. Mary Shen O`Carroll is Ironclad`s Community Director. Previously, she was Director of Legal Operations at Google and Chair of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC). Earlier in her career, she worked as a profitability manager for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and was an investment banker and strategic management consultant. Mary is also a passionate leader behind disruptive technologies and processes that are set to change the future of the legal industry. Suppose there are 9,000 physics students and 9,000 chemistry students, all of whom have advanced English.
Everything else is the same, if physics students perform worse than chemistry students in advanced English, then physics is scaled lower than chemistry. The reason for this is that because physics students have not done as well in their other subjects as chemistry students, a 90 in physics is less powerful than a 90 in chemistry. „Aligned grades are a measure of how well you have met the curriculum criteria, not your performance relative to your peers. This is completely different from your ATAR, which is a rank. Depending on your themes and consistency across all levels, a highly aligned rating doesn`t necessarily mean you`ll get a high ATAR. This is due to ranking and scaling. I hope that with all these common myths about HSC legal studies that have been debunked, you are well on your way to securing this volume 6! In 2020, industry and business, as well as product design and technology, were both reduced by 8 if you scored 30, meaning your scale score would have dropped to 22. Similarly, a score of 35 would have been reduced from 7 to 28! Latin traditionally has a very high scale, and last year was no exception. A study score of 30 would be increased to a whopping 46, and only a raw score of 35 would give you a staggered score of 50! Unfortunately, law school was a subject that tended to shrink by 2 or stay the same. For inspiring lawyers, you had to score 40 raw points to keep your score unchanged! Today`s technology can really help transform a legal department. Automating your manual or time-consuming processes offers many improvements that you can use to scale. In addition to the insane efficiencies, you`ll also dig up a wealth of data and reports to help you make better business decisions and create controls that will help you automatically manage risk.
But it`s much better to have a shorter essay and be clear with many legal layers than with an essay that doesn`t care about things that aren`t relevant to the specific issue. As usual, additional mathematics was the only mathematical subject that was reduced. This is to ensure that there are no inconveniences for students who take more difficult math subjects (which you can read here). Unfortunately, if you had scored 30 in Further, it would have been reduced to 27. Similarly, a 35 would have been reduced to 33. Compared to English, the English language has increased, but only by a little. A raw score of 30 would have been increased to a 32 and a 35 to a 38. As in 2019, chemistry increased by 4 points in 2020. There`s not much more to report here! I started at Google when the legal department had about 200 people. At first, our legal department may have looked like many of you; We had no processes or procedures, no systems, no tools, no data and no reports. At the time of my departure 13 years later, the department had more than 1400 employees worldwide, maintaining an enviable level of efficiency and collaboration. As the name suggests, specialized mathematics is the most difficult VCE mathematical subject, and its scaling is reflected in it! You would be very happy if a 30 was increased to 41 or if your 35 turned into a nice 47.
In fact, a 40 would have pushed you above the raw marks to bring you to a whopping 51. If you come across a 50 gross in Spesh, you will be rightly rewarded with a score of 55 that I don`t think anyone would complain about! Data collection and management becomes even more important as your legal department grows and evolves. You just need to know how your team is doing at all times – from budgets and expenses to contracts, cases and results. On the other hand, themes like art and music are meant to squeeze your margins. Plus, there`s a lot of complicated language and things don`t make much sense. And to be fair, it`s an incredibly complex system. Unsurprisingly, Latin has been the topic that has increased the most in 2020, as it has been for most years. If you had scored 35 in Latin in 2020, it would have turned into a study score of 50 after scaling.
A 30 in Latin would have earned you 47 points added to your total. It`s not an easy topic and doesn`t have a large number of applicants each year, all contributing to the height it has been scaled up! The most important advice you get in your HSC is that not all topics are created equal. Subjects with a high level of mathematical content tend to evolve the highest or, to continue our analogy, more difficult subjects have the highest „exchange rate”. This has very important implications for your final choice of topics and your ATAR. Scaling can sometimes seem confusing and even unfair. Note that this is not a measure of the difficulty or amount of work of a subject, but of its competitiveness. When a topic evolves, it doesn`t inherently mean it`s more difficult. Rather, it means that students who do the subject tend to do very well in other subjects. For a more detailed explanation of all the mechanisms behind topic scaling, check out our blog post here. Your aligned marker (not to be confused with your scaled mark) is 100, so that`s a percentage. This is calculated from your approximate exam score and your academic assessment score. The two grades are matched and the result is the exam score and the assessment score printed on your transcript.
When your HSC score and exam scores have been calculated, they are averaged and transmitted to the UAC. UAC scales each unit to a score of 50. It is very important to realize that not all topics are scaled in the same way. Collaboration is key, so make sure you establish a culture of knowledge sharing from the beginning. Like data, knowledge management becomes increasingly challenging and important as you grow and evolve. Shouting at office booths or blowing up a department-wide email when you need to find certain information can work effectively when you`re small, but it quickly collapses as a knowledge management strategy as you evolve. If you were an HHD student in 2020, you would have found that your score was reduced by about 3-4 points, so if you had scored a 30 points, it would have dropped to 26. For example, studying law in Grade 12 won`t necessarily help you get an ATAR that will help you get into law.
„The model underlying the scaling algorithm indicates that the average scaling of a course is equal to the average academic performance of the course application… Suppose you have to memorize 20 different pieces of legislation, 30 different cases, and 50 different legal opinions for each topic.