iagolives wrote:About this "Problems and Theories" class-- it's my understanding you do it intensively during the winter term and then finish it during the spring term. Is that correct?
Yes, that's my impression from the link below:
I kind of find this novel curriculum a bit of a turn-off, to tell you the truth. I don't really like how Harvard doesn't have a 1L Con Law class. I also don't like that they're decreasing the credit for all of the required classes to just 4 hours. Does that mean we won't be learning important material? Or, does it just mean we'll have to do the same amount of work for less credit?
iagolives wrote:Also, is anyone else worried about how much harder it might be to prepare for this course? While I think its a great addition to the curriculum, from reading up on "Curriculum B" classes at Georgetown, it seems that there is a lot of anxiety over the lack of study aids and other supplementary materials for the more holistic classes.
I do think that a course like this will be a lot more subjective than a typical law school class, so it might be harder to prepare for. Also, I'm not terribly into team projects when it comes to classes. While I'm sure the caliber of students is much higher at Harvard Law than at my undergrad institution, my experience with team projects from elementary school up through college is that there is often a free rider problem. Regardless of how hard individual students would normally work, once you put them in a team, they'll try to do the bare minimum.
To comment on changing the 1L curriculum--I think it is fantastic. I wouldn't worry at all about not learning as much due to the fact that the courses are 4 rather than 5 credits. 1L classes provide you with a foundational way of thinking rather than giving you expertise. As a result, your classes will only cover major doctrinal points and areas of the law that are particularly tricky. Most of what you learn will be, in substance, largely irrelevant to your future career. What is most important in 1L classes is the legal structure, theory, and analysis, and not so much the "material" itself, which will have to be relearned for the Bar in the jurisdiction where you plan to practice, anyway.
I love Legislation and Regulation (which is basically a class on statutory interpretation), and I can't believe that most law schools don't teach it to 1Ls. It seems extremely relevant. My International Law elective is also fantastic. It may be the single most interesting class I have ever taken.
Not talking Constitutional Law as a 1L isn't a big deal. You have plenty of time to take it later on in law school, and doing so won't put you at any disadvantage. Harvard has the most impressive collection of Constitutional Law faculty anywhere in the country, and Constitutional Law itself is taught in a more in-depth manner. It's split into two courses: one on the First Amendment, and another on Separation of Powers, Federalism, and the Fourteenth Amendment.
I can't comment on the Problems and Theories class, because it hasn't been implemented yet. As you all have said, I guess it will be during the winter term, which the 1Ls have not had up until now.