pillowcase33 wrote:It's frustrating because the professor will start making a point, and in the process, someone will ask a question that is related to what was being said to a certain extent. But, we'll shift our discussion to another point, without fully discussing the prior point. It just confuses me even more.
I totally sympathize with this and agree with tomwatts' response.
I'd also add that sometimes it's helpful to realize that a seemingly-circular or inconclusive discussion is not supposed to get to a single "right" answer, and that you don't need to understand every student question and corresponding (non)answer. Rather, sometimes a professor uses these types of discussions to illustrate a central debate behind a concept in the law, the arguments and counterarguments common in that debate, the theoretical concerns and practical puzzles, possible unintended outcomes, etc. You'll get better at recognizing this type of discussion. Sometimes a half hour of class will go by and all my notes will say is something like "is a list [a, b, and c] in a statute necessarily exhaustive? Who knows?! Watch out!"