c-monster wrote:Does anybody have any info on hoffmann?
as a summer starter i had hoffman for crim pro, but not for crim law (which is what you most likely have him for). Needless to say, i didn't like him all that much. he assigned a shitload of reading, yet covered maybe 1/2 of it in class. from what i heard from people who had him for crim law, he also teaches his own way and uses a quirky casebook that he wrote that he has yet to find a publisher for.
still, he's a brilliant guy and kind of funny. more personable than a lot of other law profs. he didn't cold call in crim pro (though he might in crim law), which means you have to motivate yourself to pay attention (sometimes he can go off on tangents).
his exams are also very different from your usual 1L exams. he doesn't grade you only for spotting the issues, but rather for overall coherence and organization. plus, he has a section on short answer questions, two issue spotters, AND a policy question, so it really runs the gamut of type of question you have to prepare yourself for (as contrasted with a professor like gjerdingen, whose exam is basically spot as many issues as you can in the time period).