theycallmefoes wrote: Randomnumbers wrote:
theycallmefoes wrote:Badawi, Mandelker, and Goldwasser. Go.
I'd appreciate insights about any or all of them. Also, overall, should I anticipate a difficult first semester?
Goldwasser is a pretty standard - and easy - Torts horserace. We didn't even cover anything past Negligence and intentional torts, and we probably read at most half of what the other sections were reading for Torts with Tamanaha. (I'm assuming she's still doing Torts). I've only heard good things about Badawi.
That's reassuring. Thanks.
Randomnumbers wrote:As far as Mandelker - don't fear. He's old enough that there is a fair chance that god will step in and save you from the hell of, for all practical purposes, randomly assigned grades.
Haha. Not so reassuring. Anybody have advice for dominating Mandelker's class?
Read the cases. Take notes during class, don't slack off. But beyond that don't kill yourself studying for that class. Organization is probably the most important thing you can do for yourself since you'll have to compile a ton of cases/statutes for the final. Get some outlines from 2Ls and 3Ls. As long as you can read a hypo and identify the topic that it's addressing, then u can flip to your outline/casebook and find the group of cases that you covered for that, and then narrow it down from there. Don't rush on the final since using the wrong case/topic is the main way people lose points.
here's what I did:
1. Buzzfeed during every lecture except when i was on call (don't do this, it hurt me)
2. Didn't read any of the cases (Read the cases, not reading the cases the first time through made life miserable in November)
3. Got a bunch of outlines from 2Ls
4. Merged all the outlines by topic into one long-ass 150 page outline
5. Indexed the monster outline and created table of contents on separate document so i could flip to it, and find the corresponding page in the outline for that topic. TOC was just a list of the cases and statutes grouped by topic.
6. Didn't look at property again until after the contracts final, so had 2 days to study for property
7. Scrolled up and down the outline like this: O_O for 2 days straight just to try and osmosis content into brain.
8. Taught myself property law during the final. Three hours for 5 questions with 300 words each? You'll have the time.
9. Went over exam with Mandelker, turned out i forgot to cite a case in the last answer. Identified right topic and used correct analysis, literally just forgot to reference the case/page number. Did fine on the exam though.
It's the easiest class to do well on and to do poorly on. Literally all about bringing in as MUCH material into the exam room with you as possible. You'll have time to go through the stuff. You don't have to be fast. Just accurate.