Most practical classes 2L/3L

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Most practical classes 2L/3L

Postby eth3n » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:12 pm

I am a crim focused student ATM (perhaps this negates my idea of practicality in itself), and other than the obvious (e.g. trial practice), what sort of classes would you think would be most practical, this shouldn't be limited to crim-related at all, but if you feel like specifically mentioning crim-related classes that would be awesome

So far all I really am looking at in the future are the following:

Crim Pro
Adv Crim Pro
Adv Evidence
Scientific Evidence
Negotiation (and other ADR type stuff)
(kinda tempted to take tax classes as a backup due to how intrinsically boring the field sounds)

Other than clinicals/externships/moot court/law review/etc what general classes (obvs some schools differ) would you suggest for practical legal exp that I could translate to a real position. As interesting as "blind puppies and the law" might be, I can't see it helping me in the future.

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Re: Most practical classes 2L/3L

Postby macattaq » Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:00 am

Federal Courts, and maybe a general drafting class. If there is an advanced legal writing, or persuasive writing course, I think either one of those may be useful as well.

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Re: Most practical classes 2L/3L

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Re: Most practical classes 2L/3L

Postby ggocat » Fri Apr 16, 2010 9:22 am

Family law and wills/estate drafting seem to pair well with criminal defense; same client base.

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Re: Most practical classes 2L/3L

Postby Non-Lawyer Lawyer » Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:11 am

Any of the "skills" courses, esp. Legal Drafting, Counseling & Negotiating, and Mediation & Arb. are useful.

I would also highly, HIGHLY, recommend taking Insurance Law. Unless you practice criminal law your entire life, and maybe even then, you will be dealing with insurance carriers, in one form or another, in nearly every case you litigate Having a basic understanding of how these companies operate both internally and vis-a-vis claimants is extremely important in being an effective advocate. From what I've heard it's not the most exciting class, but you should take it.

A class on only the 14th Amendment will not be that useful, nor will any of the "advanced" classes once you take the basics, unless you know that you really want to practice in those areas.

The advice on Family Law and Wills/Trusts/Estates is good too, and I would consider taking those.


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Re: Most practical classes 2L/3L

Postby eth3n » Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:21 pm

thanks for the advice! :D

I didn't know if those "adv" classes would be useful, but since i had no other ideas they were kind of just default. Although I do have possibly the most famous evidence professor anywhere ever (Imwinklereid) so I may take scientific evidence just for the hell of it.

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