acrossthelake wrote:There's a lot about this many pages back in late Dec.ish that we 1Ls asked. But in a brief summary, 1L you take problem-solving workshop, which is 3-weeks where they have profs (who generally have experience working in the real world, rather than in just academia, and sometimes they bring in ppl who only work in the real world outside of the workshop) bringing you through these different projects that you work on with an assigned group of 5. Typically class is from 9-12, then the group works till it's done, sometimes due at 5pm (sometimes earlier, sometimes later). The projects are supposed to give you a taste of like, interpreting a contract, or how to practically solve some problems outside of just the legal aspect. Usually they bring in people from outside relevant to the project to evaluate the group's work and give you feedback (so I got to do some oral argument in front of a judge, for instance). For the very last project they send you out into law firms around Boston to give a presentation to either some associates or an associate and a partner (depending on the firm). People's opinons of it really vary and I think the value you get out of it really depends on which prof you had, which teammates you had, and your attitude. I actually was fairly pessemistic going in, but while I did feel some of it could've been tightened up, I liked it a lot and thought it was a good experience. I lucked into a really great group though. It's pass/fail, too, so no pressure.
Can you not take a normal class in the winter 1L term? Do you have to do the above?
Although it being pass/fail makes me worry a lot less. That's nice.