Ludovico Technique wrote:
who are some of the toughest 1l professors?
I don't think any professors are "tough". I can think of one who is "bad"
but none are particularly more difficult than the others. And if they were, then that's good because of the curve. Some are tougher during socratic method than others; profs from my 1l year Etienne and Smith asked tough questions and didn't really allow passing. But they were also two of my favorite professors. If you're talking just about who had a tough final, Tabb gave a 4 hour contracts final that was brutal. But mostly because of the length not the difficulty. Honestly, the material in law school is not that hard. It's the curve that's unforgiving
I have a feeling I had the misfortune of having that particular Prof.
And I agree... (partly). The material is not easy
by any stretch... but it is absolutely the curve that can turn an excellent student into a mediocre one with little regard for one's potential success in the eventual practice of law.
1L grades mean everything and nothing at the same time. But unfortunately, they mean everything to *most* of the firms willing to pay what it takes to dig yourself out of the mountain of debt that you'll likely accrue at U of I Law.
I say most
, because there are exceptions, but don't expect to stumble into them at OCI without the magical "Top x% gpa"... and don't expect to land a job with one without having something other than grades to sell yourself on your resume and in the interviews.
And speaking of OCI and the OCS in general... don't come here expecting them to find you a job (or even help in most cases) because it's not likely to happen either, but that's not to say that the opportunities aren't out there, because if you do the work (networking, etc.) you'll find them.
All that said... Don't let any negativity you hear on this board get to you too much... Keep in mind, we're all law students who, for the most part, hate life right about now (finals week), but you don't see any of us bailing out, *yet* so there must be something
good keeping us here