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What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:17 pm
by mpj_3050
Just trying to understand the lexicon, so what are K's?

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:19 pm
by dakatz
K's = Contracts. They don't use C because C stands for Constitution

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:20 pm
by TigerBeer
a K is shorthand for a contract

defendant breached the K

i find it too embarrassing to say that out loud

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:20 pm
by TigerBeer
dakatz wrote:K's = Contracts. They don't use C because C stands for Constitution


i thought it was superstition over grades

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:24 pm
by dakatz
TigerBeer wrote:
dakatz wrote:K's = Contracts. They don't use C because C stands for Constitution


i thought it was superstition over grades


C also has multiple sounds, whereas K is one hard sound

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:25 pm
by mpj_3050
Cool, thanks for the info. Thought it was a particular supplement or something research wise.

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:20 am
by Heartford
My understanding was that it comes from the law school tradition of using the Greek alphabet as shorthand. Pi=plaintiff, delta=defendant, kappa=contract (because there is no suitable Greek "C"). But all of the reasons already listed are probably also correct.

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:29 am
by dakatz
Lol, OP, guess there seems to be some disagreement as to why the abbreviations are what they are. However K undoubtedly stands for contract. But its just shorthand to avoid writing the word "contract" out over and over. Its not the kind of thing you say out loud, sorta like "lol" (though I know one kid who says "lol" all the time and it pisses me off)

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:41 am
by missinglink
dakatz wrote:Lol, OP, guess there seems to be some disagreement as to why the abbreviations are what they are. However K undoubtedly stands for contract. But its just shorthand to avoid writing the word "contract" out over and over. Its not the kind of thing you say out loud, sorta like "lol" (though I know one kid who says "lol" all the time and it pisses me off)

It's also acceptable shorthand on an exam answer. Likewise, using P and D instead of rewriting plaintiff and defendant.

Re: What are the K's that students mention?

Posted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:36 pm
by Renzo
dakatz wrote:Lol, OP, guess there seems to be some disagreement as to why the abbreviations are what they are. However K undoubtedly stands for contract. But its just shorthand to avoid writing the word "contract" out over and over. Its not the kind of thing you say out loud, sorta like "lol" (though I know one kid who says "lol" all the time and it pisses me off)

I'm with you on this one; I don't think it would exist if not for 1Ls needing an abbreviation. Think about all the 1L doctrinal classes: Con Law, Crim, Torts (already short), Civ pro, and K's. There's property too, but studying "P" sounds bad, and "pro" sounds too much like procedure.