What was your most interesting class in law school?

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What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby jtemp320 » Wed May 18, 2011 2:04 pm

I'm sure this will generate lots of jokes/ is very subjective/depends on the professor...but 2Ls, 3Ls and graduates what was your most interesting class in law school? Other then the required 1L classes what classes did you like, what classes were really boring?

Sorry if this has been asked before - did a search and didn't see anything.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Wed May 18, 2011 2:10 pm

Corporate Finance, Law of Higher Education, Federal Income Taxation, and Secured Transactions are the highlights so far for me.

Of the first year, I liked Contracts I and Contracts II (UCC Art. 2). Almost everything else bored me a little.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby kaiser » Wed May 18, 2011 2:15 pm

Most interesting to me: Contracts - This is probably because I had an insanely good professor who made it a joy to wake up at 7:30 AM. I always found the analysis of the cases relatively interesting because we would first delve into the motivations of the parties to really find out where they stood in the real world. That gave us a ton of perspective when seeing what they did when they wrote up their K's.

Least interesting to me: Con Law - Its like pseudo-philosophical babble to me. Unlike the other courses, the judges seemingly reach into thin air and create new standards, tests, notions of national history, etc. It came off as uber-pretentious and utterly useless. I'd imagine that many constitutional issues are quite interesting such as those you would come upon in criminal procedure, as well as 1st and 2nd Amendment issues. However, our class was essentially an entire semester on due process and equal protection

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby Gideon Strumpet » Wed May 18, 2011 2:16 pm

Trial advocacy. Take it in your second year. Take it from a practicing litigator. If it's taught right, it will teach you what the phrase "law school doesn't teach you to be a lawyer" means.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby Georgiana » Wed May 18, 2011 2:21 pm

Most Interesting: European Union Law, Natural Resources Law, Conflict of Laws
Least Interesting: Federal Income Tax, Corporations

For 1L
Most: Property
Least: Civ Pro

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby johnnyutah » Wed May 18, 2011 4:59 pm

Most Interesting in General: Federal Indian Law, Federal Courts
Least Interesting in General: Federal Income Tax, Corporations, Public International Law

Most Interesting 1L: Contracts, Civ Pro
Least Interesting 1L: Property

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby bp shinners » Thu May 19, 2011 7:05 pm

Most Interesting: Contracts, Civ Pro, Sports Law (generic name, there were a few specific classes that related to contracts), Copyright Law, Torts (though with my professor, that was more of a jumping off point)

Least Interesting: Property (though I loved the professor), Patent Law

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby AFS » Fri May 20, 2011 3:35 am

Is law school similar to undergrad, where the prof matters a lot more than the course material itself in terms of the quality/enjoyability of the class? Or is it all about the course material at law school?

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby johnnyutah » Fri May 20, 2011 9:59 am

AFS wrote:Is law school similar to undergrad, where the prof matters a lot more than the course material itself in terms of the quality/enjoyability of the class? Or is it all about the course material at law school?

Depends on the course. Federal Income Tax and Public International Law will always suck, no matter who is teaching them.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby zanda » Fri May 20, 2011 10:18 am

johnnyutah wrote:
AFS wrote:Is law school similar to undergrad, where the prof matters a lot more than the course material itself in terms of the quality/enjoyability of the class? Or is it all about the course material at law school?

Depends on the course. Federal Income Tax and Public International Law will always suck, no matter who is teaching them.

Also depends on the student. I know many people who enjoyed both of those classes.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby Gideon Strumpet » Fri May 20, 2011 11:02 am

johnnyutah wrote:Federal Income Tax

Tax is fun, and the prof I had made it hilarious. It's probably the easiest class to make a tedious chore of though.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby heyyitskatie » Fri May 20, 2011 11:13 am

Most interesting: Civ Pro and Contracts (both in large part because of the quality of the professors)

Least interesting: Property (at least the way we did it, property is just memorization because the system doesn't really make any sense... "look it up in your jurisidiction" is what I learned)

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby nealric » Sat May 21, 2011 7:17 pm

Best: Corporate Tax II (M&A Tax).

Worst: Contracts (Subject was fine, but prof was like Ben Stein on Valium).

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby cornellbeez » Sat May 21, 2011 7:18 pm

Rising 3L...but, so far:

Favorite: Federal Income Tax

Worst: Con Law

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby solidsnake » Sat May 21, 2011 7:43 pm

Best: Contracts, Torts, Property, Con Law, Ethics, Corporate Finance, Corporations, Accounting/Financial Statement Analysis, Corporate Governance

Worst: Admin Law, Civ Pro, Criminal Law

This is probably entirely prof-specific.

Haven't taken Tax, Secured, or Bankruptcy yet. Heard those were all awesome. I will never take any class with "Procedure" in the title again, though.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby de5igual » Sat May 21, 2011 8:03 pm

Most: Con Law
Least: Property/Torts

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby prezidentv8 » Sat May 21, 2011 8:19 pm

johnnyutah wrote:Federal Income Tax and Public International Law will always suck, no matter who is teaching them.


I really liked tax. Ended up deciding to take more tax actually. Also I liked Corp. Finance and Corp. Restructuring a lot, and Business Associations was okay too.

As for the 1L stuff, I liked Contracts, Property, and Civpro.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby cornellbeez » Sun May 22, 2011 11:17 am

solidsnake wrote:Haven't taken Tax, Secured, or Bankruptcy yet. Heard those were all awesome. I will never take any class with "Procedure" in the title again, though.


I enjoyed Secured. It's like Contracts, except there's a lot more to know because you're tested on both Articles 9 and 2.

Bankruptcy was harddd. I thought it was harder than Tax 1 and Secured, tbh.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby PKSebben » Sun May 22, 2011 11:19 am

I'm really cheezed I didn't tax Federal Income Tax in law school. All the people in my class rave about it. First Amendment and Defamation were my two favorite non-IP classes. I dig the IP classes across the board.

Worst: Tie b/t Evidence and Cognitive Legal Reasoning (why did I take this??!?!?!?!?!)

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby Cupidity » Sun May 22, 2011 11:24 am

Most: CivPro
Least: Legislation

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby johnnyutah » Sun May 22, 2011 2:54 pm

PKSebben wrote:I'm really cheezed I didn't tax Federal Income Tax in law school. All the people in my class rave about it. First Amendment and Defamation were my two favorite non-IP classes. I dig the IP classes across the board.

Worst: Tie b/t Evidence and Cognitive Legal Reasoning (why did I take this??!?!?!?!?!)

Evidence was awesome.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby RCRARollin » Sun May 22, 2011 3:16 pm

By far the most interesting class is Administrative Law. So much of what happens in the "real" world is based on agency action that this class should be required. If you frequently read the news, Admin is a must because stories about government action will make much more sense.

Corporations is by far the least interesting class. Although the topics covered will seem interesting, you will leave the class with a feeling that you learned absolutely nothing.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby IzziesGal » Sun May 22, 2011 3:21 pm

Trusts and Estates. Reading the casebook was like reading a People magazine...and sometimes even an US Weekly. Lots of cases about filthy rich people fighting over ridiculous amounts of money and airing their drama for the whole world to see. In one case, a super wealthy guy disinherited his entire family and left everything to his cocaine dealer. Fantastic, if you ask me.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby reverendt » Sun May 22, 2011 3:26 pm

For 1L - Criminal Procedure
For 2 & 3L - Federal Courts, Employment Discrimination, First Amendment, Administrative Law and maybe Evidence.

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Re: What was your most interesting class in law school?

Postby johnnyutah » Sun May 22, 2011 3:45 pm

reverendt wrote:For 1L - Criminal Procedure

Where has Crim Pro as a 1L?




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