lawschoolboundfuture wrote:For 1L spring electives what international course do you recommend? Also what is a good/ not too hard 1L elective?
Blum seems to be the consensus favorite for PIL (you probably have to rank her first). I've heard several of the profs are new this year though so you might have to do some research outside of HLS.
Negotiation Workshop is a great choice for an elective but it's really only worth doing if you're willing to put effort into it. Reasons to do it as a 1L:
--if you want to do it later you have to rank it first, which means you'll have a harder time getting your favorite clinic / trial advocacy workshop / Klarmann / Hanson etc. As a 1L all you have to do is apply, and most 1L applicants get in.
--it's the prereq for the Negotiation clinic plus upper-level classes like multiparty, facilitation, etc.
--it's a total change of pace from your 1L classes, much more practical and engaging.
--you learn actual useful skills so... the sooner you learn them the sooner you get to use them in your real life?
Reasons not to take it as a 1L:
--4 credits, but 8 hours of class per week (and you really can't slack much on prep for the simulations because then you're letting your counterparty down and not getting much out of it yourself). Kind of insane on a 1L schedule.
--You have to take it for a grade, but if you take it 2L/3L you can take it pass/fail.