lawlaw87 wrote:is anyone taking Criminal Law during summer?
I'm not taking it due to scheduling issues, though it does sound like a nice way to transition. However, when I did a tour with a current student she said she felt at a greater advantage for not having taken it in the summer. She told me that the summer course is typically taught by a visiting professor so you miss out on the opportunity to build a relationship and potential job reference for the future. I'm not sure how important that is in the long run but I thought I'd just share.
I actually have mixed opinions on taking Criminal Law in the summer, but overall I think it provides an advantage, and many of you who are currently admitted for Fall might have received an email/letter from me regarding this very topic. I think it is a great opportunity to learn to be a law student before being thrown to the wolves. You learn how to prepare for class and exams with one course, as opposed to five. Additionally, you get to find out with one class if your study techniques need tweaking. Would you rather learn that you were doing things wrong and have four poor grades (no fall grade for Legal Writing), or only one? It's also great having three finals (again, no final for Legal Writing) in the Fall, while your friends who could not take Crim Law in the summer have four.
However, you have yet to take Legal Writing, and I think this is a disadvantage. Legal Writing not only prepares you for practice, but it is extremely relevant and useful on exams. I also think a potential drawback is the visiting professors. While they provide an opportunity to get a different perspective, because it is our first class, there is nothing to compare it to, so I think you lose some of the potential allure. The TAs are also unable to be as helpful because the professor is new to them, so they can't provide focused help because they don't know what the professor wants.
I think the benefits strongly outweigh the drawbacks, but I wanted to try and give a somewhat objective opinion.