Do I have to take Corporations?

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Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:10 am

I’m a 2L with a summer associate gig lined up at a biglaw firm. I’m planning to work at a firm for a few years before becoming a public defender. So obviously, criminal law is what I’m interested in and passionate about. My transcript is currently stacked within criminal law classes.

Does it matter if I don’t take corporations? If I dropped it I’d be able to fit in another criminal law class. I think corporations is pretty boring so far. However, I have no business experience and would probably benefit from some exposure to it.

Thoughts? I appreciate the help.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby johndhi » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:02 am

you don't have to take any particular law school class. do whatever you want. I found corporations to be useful in civil litigation and also in studying for the bar exam, but you'll be fine if you don't take it.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby mister logical » Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:05 am

johndhi wrote:you don't have to take any particular law school class. do whatever you want. I found corporations to be useful in civil litigation and also in studying for the bar exam, but you'll be fine if you don't take it.



Pretty much agree here. It isn't necessary at all, but it is the backdrop for a fair amount in the legal world.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby 20181989 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:47 am

Yes.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby deadpanic » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:37 am

mister logical wrote:
johndhi wrote:you don't have to take any particular law school class. do whatever you want. I found corporations to be useful in civil litigation and also in studying for the bar exam, but you'll be fine if you don't take it.



Pretty much agree here. It isn't necessary at all, but it is the backdrop for a fair amount in the legal world.


Eh, disagree with the bolded, but agree with the overall premise that not necessary at all. For the most part, anything on corporations for bar purposes will be mostly limited to how a company is organized and its liability, which is simple. You can study all of that in a bar prep book or course.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby pancakes3 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:42 am

assuming OP is going lit, probably not.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby kalvano » Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:58 am

I do corporate work, and I never took Corporations. Hasn't been a big deal at all.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby Damage Over Time » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:23 pm

deadpanic wrote:You can study all of that in a bar prep book or course.


Pretty much this.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby RSN » Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:13 pm

I took it with a good professor and enjoyed it a lot -- lot of real world knowledge that will be helpful to have just as an educated person, I thought. But I wouldn't take it just to take it or for the bar or anything, especially if the professor isn't good

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby lolwat » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:31 pm

You don't "have" to take anything other than your required 1L classes. As long as your transcript doesn't obviously reflect a huge pile of fluff your 2L and 3L years, it's highly unlikely anyone's going to comb through it to see whether you took a specific class or two. I can see a few exceptions here and there (e.g. evidence if you're going to lit, admin law if you're going to, well, admin law, federal courts if you're applying to clerkships), but even then I don't think it's common to ding people for not taking certain classes.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby Desert Fox » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:40 pm

why would u work biglaw if you wanna do public defense?
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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby PeanutsNJam » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:52 pm

At my school, Corp was all about executive liability and shareholder suits and shit, so maybe marginally relevant if you’re going into executive comp? Completely useless for almost all biglaw.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby unsweetened » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:47 pm

Taking corporations is really helpful if you're going to take classes about securities or startups/venture capital. With respect to actual employment, I have found that classes matter to the extent that they affect your overall GPA and signal interest in a particular subject area.
It might be useful for the bar, but that shouldn't be a driving force to take the class if you don't want to take it.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby CardozoLaw09 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:02 pm

Desert Fox wrote:why would u work biglaw if you wanna do public defense?


help pay off loans?

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby mister logical » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:23 pm

deadpanic wrote:
mister logical wrote:
johndhi wrote:you don't have to take any particular law school class. do whatever you want. I found corporations to be useful in civil litigation and also in studying for the bar exam, but you'll be fine if you don't take it.



Pretty much agree here. It isn't necessary at all, but it is the backdrop for a fair amount in the legal world.


Eh, disagree with the bolded, but agree with the overall premise that not necessary at all. For the most part, anything on corporations for bar purposes will be mostly limited to how a company is organized and its liability, which is simple. You can study all of that in a bar prep book or course.


yeah nah you're right, I just found it useful as background information but it's far from necessary.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby Wild Card » Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:34 pm

*Fordhamites gnashing teeth*

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby ghostoftraynor » Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:40 pm

Going to disagree with pretty much everything here. I suppose it depends on firm, but generally big law lit is going to have some corporate components, and it's a good foundation to have. That being said, no, it's not necessary. You can learn it for the bar or just on the job. In law school I usually did a mix of classes I was generally interested in and more foundational courses, and I'm thankful I did. If anything, there are classes I skipped that I wish I hadn't (Sec Reg). Regardless, you will be fine, so if its a class you are dying to take just take it and consider Corporations another time.

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Re: Do I have to take Corporations?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:46 pm

OP here, thanks for the input. I dropped corps and picked up the criminal law class. I appreciate all of the input, it really made the difference for me.



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