despina wrote:will amusingly yell "DISBAHHED" at you if you make a big mistake
That's kind of terrible and kind of awesome.
MyNameIsFlynn! wrote:It just dawned on me that I now have to actually choose classes since they're not handed to me and I have no idea what I'm doing. A couple basic questions: First, how many classes do people usually take 2/3L years? Do people usually do clinics 2L, 3L, or both? How common is it to do multiple clinics? Thanks guys.
Because you need 52 upper-level credits, a standard way to do it is 12-2-12 for credits in fall-winter-spring, respectively, each year. But you can do anywhere from 10 to 16. Check this page (LinkRemoved) for the gory details.
Most people take at least a few multisection courses
in their 2L and 3L years. Most of these are core blackletter classes (Con Law, Tax, Corporations, Evidence, Admin) or fundamental skills classes (Negotiation, Trial Advocacy). You probably also want to take at least some other basic blackletter classes in different subject areas (e.g. in crim, Criminal Adjudication and Criminal Investigations are two core blackletter classes).
It's a good idea to take at least one clinic at one point — and these are really time-consuming, so I'd err on the side of a lighter semester during that semester — and you can take two or three (or even four — max is one per semester) if you want. I recommend taking at least one seminar in something that sounds interesting with a cool prof. I also recommend cross-registering (or taking a cross-listed class hosted at another school) at least once.
For all law classes (and probably all university classes), the prof matters far, far more than the subject matter. Admin can be great or awful. Con Law can be great or awful. All classes can be great or awful. It depends on the professor, and to some extent on your preferences. Look at the Course Evaluations Guide
, but it's not as helpful as you might like. Talk to 2Ls and 3Ls that you know, too.
Preferencing is a little crazy. Wildly popular large classes (Klarman for 14th Amendment, Feldman for either Con Law, Warren for Tax, etc.) have giant waitlists, but they move dramatically, especially multisection classes for the spring semester (because you preference them now but the waitlists move in the fall as people take classes earlier or decide not to take classes, move again in J-Term as people again shift things around, and then move again at the beginning of spring). You can be 300th on a waitlist and get into a class (this happened to me).
Seminar and clinic waitlists move a lot less, at least for popular ones. So choose those carefully; you may not get a second chance after preferencing to add what you want.