john_brown wrote: jbagelboy wrote:
mylifeis24 wrote:Registrar just released course offerings for next year. 3Ls- any reactions regarding must takes or must avoids?
Also, any tips for the lottery system with regards to preferences, primaries/alternates?
I think the number one mistake people make is assuming they have to take corporations. I made that mistake. You don't have to take corporations (major caveat: Jackson might be all that; I'm saying if you don't get Jackson). Unless you plan on pursuing transactional work and you want to take M&A, sec reg, ect and stack an entire schedule in that vein, corporations is unnecessarily difficult, time consuming, tedious and straight up boring. It's the only class I seriously regret taking at CLS (that I had a choice for). Year after year every incoming 2L thinks they just have to take corporations because "firms like to see it" (no) or "it will be useful" (probably not) or "everyone does it" - some 320-330 students took corporations Fall 2014. It's the most absurd bandwagon.
I disagree. It's a bandwagon for a reason. If you're planning on doing biglaw (even non-transactional work) you need a certain level of financial literacy. If you have an econ background and read the WSJ every day then, yes, you could probably skip it. But if you're a poli-sci major who can't define, say, a proxy statement or a security, then you should strongly consider taking corporations. It is tough and boring and all of that, granted. And I'm sure firms don't give a damn one way or the other. But, if nothing else, you'll learn alot of useful stuff.
I agree that the course introduces you to useful terminology and concepts, but I would rather have learned all that stuff another way. The case law method isn't even the most effective delivery for that type of material.
ETA: look, in fairness, I'm not disputing its a useful course for a lot of people or that it shouldn't be popular, I just don't think it needs to be treated as such a de facto requirement. I only wound up taking it basically because people said everyone does and you kind of have to and I think that's a trap for the unwary for students who won't really care