hellohi wrote:So this probably sounds really bad, but I definitely dont intend for this to be a trend. I have something I have to go to in California on Saturday September 14th for a wedding and would preferably get there that Friday's afternoon for the rehearsal as I'm in the wedding. Unfortunately thats the first friday of classes, would it be terrible to miss a couple classes that week? Do professors even notice? Should I send them an email before classes starting?
Some professors care and will specify in their syllabus if you have to contact them to let them know.
Otherwise, doesn't matter. First week of classes profs usually go super slow so it should be even easier than normal to catch up.
This is in response not just to your post, but to a sentiment I see throughout this thread:
Law school is not some magical place where suddenly the professors are really great at lecturing and every minute of class is just bursting with crucial information that you couldn't possibly learn elsewhere. Just like in undergrad, there is some value to going to class, but it varies very much depending on whether you're someone who learns from lecture, or you have a good prof, or if it's a prof who really hints at what he wants on exams during class.
I have found the lecturing abilities of law school professors to be pretty bad compared to my undergrad professors and if anything I got screwed over by going to class in one of my classes this past semester (didn't get an LP, but the prof explicitly told the class not to study topic X, and then made X worth 25% of the exam--I would have studied X if I had been smart enough to not go to class that day).
Missing a class here or there (or more, or all) isn't going to doom you to poor grades or performance or to very much at all, except some hours of your life back. So, go the wedding, go to the family reunion, get some hours of much needed rest (because all 1Ls are underslept). It's not going to matter.