hiima3L wrote:If it's even offered anymore, I would strongly recommend Legislation and Stat Interpretation as a 1L elective. I loved the class and it's easily the most useful class I took. I had to draw on some of the stuff I learned in that class today at work.
Buuuuuut it had the most absurd excuse for a final. I got an A so I couldn't complain, but it was just plain ludicrous that it counted as a final for a huge 1L class. 33% of it was identifying verbatim quotations from cases we read.
Do you have the recent list of electives offered for first spring term 1L? Because I thought I read that that FIT class is still offered according to the hastings site?
This semester they are offering FIT, IP, Domestic Violence, Environmental, and Leg/Stat interpretation.
Also, just to throw my $.02, I took tax, loved the class and got an A, and it definitely helped open doors during 2L OCI. Some firms actually had separate interviews just for tax candidates (I recall Orrick and Baker/McKenzie, but there were others), so you could increase your total number of interviews by applying twice (once generally and once "tax only") and a good grade in first year tax definitely opened those doors and provided a viable "back up" in case my main choice had fallen through.
Of course the problem is that I'll never know the counterfactual: if I had the same grade in a different stat class, would I have still gotten the tax screeners? There's just no way to know.
If anything, you're always better off with higher grades, so just take the stat class that interests you most. That way you'll be more motivated/engaged, improving your odds of scoring well on the final. Saying that a class is easy or hard doesn't really say much; most people think torts is easy, and that's why the curve is killer. By contrast, even if tax is objectively "hard" for most people, that doesn't mean it will be hard for you.