r6_philly wrote:Veyron wrote:johnkim1982 wrote:Hi everyone:
Can anyone comment on how rigorous the 1L curriculum is by semester? I'm wondering whether having two electives in the second semester makes things a bit easier (in addition to the familiarity you'd have because of the first semester).
I ask because I might be doing a joint degree at Penn, and the other department's curriculum consists of four courses per semester, meaning that if I substitute one of my 1L electives to take a seminar over there, I'm concerned that I won't be able to devote as much time to that course due to the 1L load.
Since pretty-much any course is less rigorous than a 1L course, that would actually free up your schedule. But you might want to check and see if Penn Law will even allow you to substitute the course at another school for one of the electives, I don't necessarily think they would even if you are working on a joint degree.
The 2 electives in the Spring only meet twice a week (one less meeting per class per week from the Fall). The classes also require a lot less reading. So Spring is a bit easier. But since they are dropping Property, your first semester might be a little less vigorous than we all had.
As for substituting a non-law class, I remember reading about it somewhere in the policies but you have to petition it. Maybe they will let you sub the perspective class, I don't think they would let you not take a regulatory one.