Chaucer1343 wrote: philosoraptor wrote:
Chaucer1343 wrote:Anyone have outlines/syllabi for the following courses/profs?
Civ Pro - Bone
Con Law - Berman
Torts - Robertson
LRW - Sharp
Not sure what I could give in return (except for helping the future batches of 1Ls)... ;P
You are in for an interesting semester.
hahaha, do tell =D
You're basically going from one extreme of the theory/utility spectrum to the other. I didn't have Berman or Bone (at least for civ pro), but my spousal unit did, so I heard a lot about them. In Berman's class, pretty much everything will be theory and philosophy rather than reading cases. That might sound appealing, but you're just not going to get a regular crim law education; you'll learn Berman's fake law (I believe it's based on a narrative featuring a couple who do increasingly horrible things to each other) rather than actual law such as the TPC, which Laurin teaches. Check out his list of publications on his CV
: I spent three years in law school and couldn't even begin to tell you what the hell "Pluralistic Non-originalism and the Combinability Problem" might mean. Sounds like a good use of time, though.
Bone, apparently, will drive you nuts if you've ever been in a setting where people actually litigate. He's all about Posnerian-type analysis of the economic efficiency of the FRCP, stuff like when is the optimal time to settle. Great if that's your thing, but you may have to shut off your real-world brain to do well in his class. (He was more practical in IP, though, and I've heard he's good for complex lit.)
I've said it before on this forum, but Robertson was by far my favorite prof at UT, and definitely the best writer/editor who's ever taught me. His articles and books tend to be readable and about useful topics, and I would highly recommend reading some of his torts work during the semester. His stuff is from the perspective of someone who's actually out there making real contributions to actual law, in practice and in scholarship.
So yeah, your section will definitely experience a diversity of perspectives.