Barbie wrote:2 & 3Ls, since we will be finding out our sections soon.. what should we hope for? Are there any specific professors... or anything else you can help us with, that we should hope to get or not get? I am tres curious <3 And anxious.
I find that there are widely differing opinions here re: professors to take...which shouldn't surprise anyone, since law students tend to be opinionated!
Many of my 1L professors are either: 1) retired/semi-retired; 2) on sabbatical; or 3) a visiting professor, so I can't give many recommendations about 1L professors. However, here are a few good professors off the top of my head:
1) Stinneford--I consider him one of the best professors here, if not the best. He teaches criminal law and procedure courses. He's not only very sharp (Moot Court Final Four at Harvard, and U.S. Attorney in Chicago), but very nice inside and outside of class, and he teaches via the Socratic method, but it's very non-combative. And, of course, he doesn't hide the ball, and makes it a point to really teach well. Lastly, he's very funny, which keeps class entertaining. His test was moderately difficult, but fair (note--some professors don't care about making exams fair, so this is a definite plus).
2) Mills--He teaches Florida Constitutional Law (2L subject). He has a world of experience (former Speaker of the House of Florida House, member of Florida's Constitutional Revision Commissions), and he does a good job teaching the subject. It's a lot of reading for a two-credit class, but you learn a lot, it's on the Florida bar exam, he gives good bump-ups for class participation (some professors don't care about this), and his exam is fairly easy if you keep up with the reading and do his old exams (which mimic one another). Again, though, it's a lot of work, but it's good to learn about your state's constitution, if you plan on staying in Florida (and it's often one of the essays on the bar exam).
3) Friel--He teaches income taxation (2L/3L subject). Class is a TON of material--it's absurd how much it is. But it's good to know tax law, as it's a field that will always need lawyers (and it's good to know if you're representing businesses/non-profits). But he teaches in the esteemed LLM taxation program, and he knows his stuff. And he only calls on you once a semester, if that (because the class is so big). One big drawback is many people who take it are on law review/accounting majors/looking to get into UF's LLM taxation program, so the curve is tough, despite it being a big class.
4)Zedalis--Trial practice. This is a class I REALLY, REALLY recommend taking when you can. (Normally, you can't take it until your second semester of 2L/beginning of 3L because it fills up quickly.) Even if you want to be a transactional attorney, you should take because: a) even transactional attorneys sometimes must go to court, or be willing to go to court if it is in your client's best interests, and b) you might find you actually like it. It's a decent amount of work, but it's pass/fail. You break up into workshops, with adjuncts who are often well-known attorneys from the area and judges. Then you get to try a case, as both a plaintiff/prosecutor and the defendant, with a jury of 1L's. Zedalis knows her stuff, and so do the workshop instructors. (Also, you "finally" learn evidence when you take the class.)
Sorry that these are 2L/3L classes, but as I said, most of my 1L professors aren't here much, if at all. If I think of anything else, I'll add it.