chargers21 wrote:Any thoughts on:
Contracts - Rachlinski
Constitutional - Dorf
Criminal - Margulies
Civ Pro - Clermont
Lawyering - Freed
Only prof I had here in 1L was Clermont. I enjoyed the class, but the subject matter can be difficult to wrap your head around, and it doesn't help that Clermont's pretty eccentric. Our exam essay was literally just an article from Above The Law with the question "what would you do if you were the attorney in this article?" Because the exam is open book but you can only bring in the casebook, rules book, and his black letter outline, I'd advise taking as many notes in the books as possible. This includes the correct answers to the iclicker questions he asks during class and the answers to any of the questions that appear scattered throughout the casebook. You should also tab everything, because the multiple choice part of the exam is essentially a treasure hunt. I think the only supplement I used was Siegel's multiple choice questions, and I read his black letter outline multiple times. I also know people who loved the E&E as well as Freer's CivPro treatise. And, for the first day of class, just know that Sibbach has a dilemma.
I love Dorf and took 3 classes with him, but I didn't have him for ConLaw. All I can say is that, as a 1L, I imagine you'll feel intimidated by both Dorf and the subject matter, but don't worry because nobody else knows what's going on either.
And I hear Rachlinski is fun.