I forgot about bidding till the last day of round 2, so I didn't do much research on my classes beforehand - I just found a workable schedule worth of classes that sounded interesting or fulfilled a requirement and weren't full after round 1. I want to make sure I have a realistic sense of what I'm getting myself into (I overloaded my schedule this semester with too many time-consuming classes on top of clinic and journal, and I want to avoid the same mistake this time around).
My current class enrollments, in descending order based on my certainty about wanting to take them:
Environmental Advocacy Center (clinic) w/ Prof. Loeb: easily the highlight of law school for me so far. In fact, I've found the work so engaging and rewarding that it has transformed my career plans and renewed my motivation to study and practice the law.
Environment, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development (writing seminar) w/ Profs. Learner & Cahan: I don't need the writing credit, but this class seems so perfectly suited to my current legal interests that it's almost eerie, and one of the two profs is also the director of a major Chicago-based environmental nonprofit that works closely with our clinic on a lot of cases (the Environmental Law and Policy Center). It's a class that falls right into my current plans for a legal specialty to build my career around, taught by the head honcho of the type of organization I would most like to work for. Taking a writing class for 2 credits is a pretty crappy time investment : credit hour ratio, but this class seems so perfectly suited to my interests and ambitions otherwise that I think I can live with that.
BA w/ Prof. Litvak: I'm not enthusiastic about the material, but it's pretty important doctrinal/foundational stuff and I know I won't want to deal with this shit as a 3L. Still pretty uncertain as to how difficult the class is and don't know anything about the prof, so any feedback would be appreciated here.
Legal Ethics w/ Prof. Foster: same basic logic as BA applies here, except that it's required to graduate. I know this class isn't terribly popular among law students, but is that because it is hard/time consuming, or just tedious and uninteresting/unhelpful material? Boring and pointless I can do, but if it's a heavy workload then maybe I ought to put it off till 3L after all.
Fed Jur w/ Prof. Kontorovich: I still can't decide if I've officially lost my mind for bidding this class or not. I was convinced I would hate Con Law after reading and hearing about Konto, but while I still disagree with most of his opinions on public policy and political philosophy, I found him surprisingly likeable as a prof. I know Fed Jur has a reputation as a rather tough class, but from briefly skimming a couple online outlines it sounds like it focuses on a lot of the topics from Civ Pro and Con Law that most people hated but I kinda enjoyed. When people say this class is hard, does that mean that it's intellectually challenging to understand and apply the material covered, or that it takes up more time than other classes due to the sheer amount of reading, graded assignments during the semester, etc.?
Legislation w/ Prof. Jacobi: I really just threw this on my bid list as a backup option, because it seems like a general subject that is applicable to almost every practice area. I don't really know much of anything about the course or the prof, and it's a 6pm-9pm class that would come right after three other classes that day. I'm enrolled in 17 credits right now so I'm leaning toward dropping this one. However, if I'm overloading myself with my other classes, I could drop one of them and keep this instead.