Gemini wrote:Would we get the same amount of classes? Because it IS weird that there's no Civ. Pro, considering the fact that I thought this was a year long course.
Also, at the ASD's, didn't they talk about some new, original class 1Ls will take??
Couple quick things:
No one has Civ Pro in the fall. It is a 1 semester course at Fordham and you'll take it in the spring if you are FT, in the fall of your second year if you are an evening student. For people that switch from evening into FT, civ pro is completed during your 1L summer. Legal Research and Writing is the only full length course, although the classroom research component is completed in the first 6 or 7 weeks of school and the final brief is due right before spring break in the Spring, usually mid-march. There are 2 course loads you may have and they are very similar. For half of the FT students, you will take Criminal Law, Property and Contracts in the Fall and Torts, Civ Pro and the Con Law replacement, statutes and regulations, in the Spring. The other half of sections will have the same schedule except with torts and contracts switched. Criminal Law is a 3 credit class. Torts, Property, Civ Pro and Contracts are 5 credit classes. Con Law is 4 credits. Legal Writing is 3 credits for the year and this grade is applied to your Spring Semester GPA.
The big change in classes this year is that you guys will not take Constitutional Law as 1Ls. Instead Con Law will be a required class that you can take whenever you want over your 2L or 3L years. This class is being replaced with some statute/regulation class. The idea was to have something practical that you can use during your 1L summers as no one really uses Con Law unless you are working for a non-profit free speech advocacy group such as the ACLU. Even there, many 1st year Con Law classes do not cover free speech or the 1st Amendment as a whole since it is too big and would take too much time.
About the flex schedule, I did not choose to do it as I knew I would never really get work done and I am happy with that choice. That said, I have a friend in it who said the section definitely seemed easy and the section was full of slackers in his words so it was by comparison somewhat easier to get a good grade on the final. That might just be this person's inner-gunner coming out, I don't know them that well, but it might be informative to some of you. In reality, I don't think it makes all that much of a difference, the sections are pretty random, and there will be a lot of people in every section that work very hard. I would go with whatever position you think fits you the best, despite how often I was jealous of friends going out on Thursday night.
Hope it helps.