CyLaw wrote:Hillman is great. Dry humor, but great.
Holden-Smith will scare you to death, but you will learn a lot from her.
Bublé is good for lawyering. Listen to his suggestions. Seemed very fair to me.
CyLaw wrote:Clermont wrote your book on Civ Pro. Lectures more than any other professor and loves power point. Good multimedia use in class. It seemed like it was more important to know how to find information than actually knowing the information before the test. Practice looking up answers to the details of Civ Pro. Look for what things are NOT covered by the rules.
CyLaw wrote:Herstein is great. Funny, young guy. Great hypos. Theory orientated. Wants to know why we come to the policy preferences we do. Watch for central themes on how to justify or critique various policy choices.
Just chiming in: I was in Cylaw's section so I can comment on the same professors. His summaries are very good.Civil procedure:Clermont
is theatrical. He'll make powerpoints FLASHY, he'll play little flash movies, and he'll expect in-class answers to be well thought out. He doesn't cold-call as much as other professors, but he's been known to surprise people with it. Cylaw's description of his exam is spot on. It's an exam about how well you can find the information he wants you to find. How well have you learned how the rules and book are organized? Don't let 2Ls and 3Ls freak you out about how it's random and terrible and arbitrary. For 95% of his exam, it's really hard but there's method to it.Holden-Smith
was our second-semester civ pro professor. Each day she'll choose 2-3 people to call on. Those people field pretty much EVERY SINGLE QUESTION that day. She is brilliant but terrifying. You will either keep up with the reading for her class or you will wither under her questioning. Being terrified/forced to read because of her will keep you on top everything, though.
is amazing. He has a very dry but funny sense of humor, and he's forgiving with cold-calls. He'll try and help you if you give a bad answer by turning it into what you might have been trying to say.
was excellent. He's a quiet guy, so you may want to glue a megaphone to him sometimes, but he's not at all what you'd expect from a law school professor. He's laid back, friendly, and seems more interested in class-discussions than in rigid formality. Plus he almost blushed the first time we talked about "duty". Just make sure to pay attention to his policy/philosophical digressions, since 15% of our exam was policy based and 10% was philosophy based.
Cylaw seems to have enjoyed Professor Buble
's class more than I did. I found the class stuffy, boring, and unrelatable at first. 1Ls love to bitch and moan about lawyering class. It's our favorite past-time. I found that Buble's class got a little better the less I bitched about it and the more I worked towards it. Also, I found out that Buble is a painter, and talked to him about that and realized that he's actually a pretty good guy. Good luck getting ahold of him outside of the 1-2 class hours per week though.
(V--LONG WINDED GENERALIZATIONS (POSSIBLY) TRUE FOR ALL LAWYERING PROFESSORS--V)
In general, I think you'll get out of lawyering exactly what you put in. I didn't put in enough, got an average grade in the class and my writing is crap. If I could do it again, I'd put a lot more effort into lawyering and I'd get better at writing. At the end of 1L, what you take away won't be the elements of negligence, the constitutional limitations of executive power, or the rule against perpetuities. What you'll want for your first and second summer jobs (and possibly practicing law) is the ability to research and write.
Don't do what 90% of us did and blow off lawyering as a crappy 2-hour class that everyone gets the same grade in (which isn't true anymore since the new curve). Take the time, start your memos/briefs early, revise them often, and find the TAs in your class who give good advice. Do well in lawyering and you'll be glad you did. Everyone I know who did really well in lawyering was also in (or near) the top 10% of the class. This might just be selection bias or coincidence, but working on your writing seems to help other areas of law school as well.
Summary: Don't blow off lawyering. It seems arbitrary and worthless when you have 4 other classes, but it's a real chance to start writing and researching a lot and work on some really fundamental skills.