toothbrush wrote:thanks for all the great advice. i'll be buckling down and looking everyday at postings. also, this nofee site is pretty great, thanks.
Does anyone have advice re: classes? What is a must-take? What is a must-avoid? What about professors (same questions)? Are seminars hard to get into? Anything else? Really just looking for summary of the gossip that goes around about classes/professors that I can't glean online. Oh, and is there a CLS-specific site that is like ratemyprofessors?
I can try to tackle this!
This PDF includes the classes that filled up last year (if you can't access it, let me know):http://web.law.columbia.edu/sites/defau ... ndum_a.pdf
The most hyped up course for us 2Ls, bar none, is probably Corporations with Jackson. He's a nice, outspoken guy who's extremely enthusiastic about, well, everything. I don't know much about the other two professors, Goshen and Judge, but haven't heard anything bad about either, too. It's a prereq for a lot of corporate coursework, so you may want to take that at least sometime during your 2L year, if not fall semester.
If you want litigation, then Administrative Law is something you should probably take before you graduate, and Federal Courts if you want to clerk. Strauss is an Admin god, and Bulman-Pozen (who's teaching it in the spring, and I've heard is great) is really talented in her own right. She's super nice. Other common classes include Securities Regulation, Evidence (all of the faculty here are great - Schectman's commonly recommended, but you can't go wrong), Fed Income Tax perhaps, and on a lesser level Copyright or Antitrust & Trade Regulation if they're up your alley. The international curriculum's also great.
It's not hard to get seminars, though some are more popular than others. If you do sign up for seminars, just be aware that some of them do have prerequisites, most likely Corporations or for any of the tax courses, Federal Income Tax. Most of us (2Ls) probably ranked two black letter law classes in the first two choices instead of seminars though... I know I did anyway haha. I went with Corporations and Fed Income Tax.
If you want to know about a specific course or professor, ask away.
We do have something of a "ratemyprofessors" type thing - if you sign into LawNet, there's a "Course Evaluations" section in the drop-down menu!