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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Classes end. Finals begin.

Today was my last day of classes. (HURRAY!) I have two informal review sessions to attend tomorrow and Thursday, so I still have to go to school this week like usual, but the classes themselves are al fine.

I am so glad classes are over, especially Legal Elements, a most heinous course that the school created especially for my class (and that no other 1L has to take at any other law school). It was so bad that the school has decided to discontinue the course for next year's class, because it is seriously just way too heinous. It might constitute cruel and unusual punishment to make someone read the coursebook for that class. Right after Legal Elements ended today, I promptly posted the coursebook for sale on Amazon. I almost feel bad that some poor sucker out there might end up with a copy of the Worst Book Ever Written.  I mean, this book is so bad that I would rather buy another copy of The Time Traveler's Wife and finish reading that piece of author-indulgent tripe than ever crack open Strauss's Legal Methods EVER AGAIN!

I am also glad to be done with my arch nemesis course -- Civil Procedure. You wouldn't think that rules for litigating civil lawsuits would be very complex, but, oh my god, they are. I'm kind of traumatized by it.

The biggest obstacle in the course, besides the fact that it is a very difficult subject, is that I just don't understand the way the professor teaches. Her teaching style doesn't work with my learning style at all. I'm a pretty bright person, and I've always been more than competent at school, but when she talks, I have no idea where she's going, or why she's talking about what she's talking about, and I usually ended up getting more confused in class. So long ago, I stopped listening in class unless it was a day that I was going to be called on to answer questions. Well, I shouldn't say I stopped listening altogether. I had my ears perked to pick up the big take-away points and exam tips, but I just couldn't abide her obtuse method of leading discussion in circles until we finally got to the point 30 minutes later.

Today, for instance, we were discussing joinder of claims and parties to lawsuits. There are quite a lot of really specific rules for what kinds of claims and parties you can join in what circumstances. It confuses a lot of people, but I have been spending a lot of time studying Civ Pro over the past couple weeks, and particularly this joinder business, so I have it down pretty well.  So at lunch, a friend was asking me about cross-claims (a claim that a defendant brings against another defendant, or a plaintiff against another plaintiff). In about 5 minutes, I told him everything he needed to know about cross-claims.  In class this evening, our professor imparted the same information in an hour, and got everyone (including herself) a lot confused in the process. "If ever there was a class to skip, it was this one," a friend said to me during our 10 minute class break. "Stop listening," I said, "It helps."

So I have been most concerned about the Civ Pro exam, but I have been doing so much studying for it recently (even in my sleep -- last night I took a complete Civ Pro final in my dreams. no rest!), that I feel like I have finally built a pretty good big-picture view of the subject, and I will be ready to tackle the test on Monday confidently.

After that, I will do a pass-fail exam that a monkey could pass for Legal Elements, then a Torts exam -- which I feel pretty good about, and finally on December 17, a Contracts exam, which I am not ready for yet, but I will be by the time it comes. Then, I will get drunk, and then spend days lying around watching stupid tv shows and reading trashy novels, and basically doing anything that requires very little of my mind until the new semester starts up in January.

I can't wait.


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5 comments:

B.R. said...

Congrats on finishing the first semester of Law School. I remember my days of grad school fondly and, quite often, still wish I was a grad student. Not all professors are trained in pedagogy. Being an expert in a field is one thing but being able to impart the pertinent information adequately is completely different.
And enjoy the break. Doing nothing school-related during the break will be most wise and highly recommended. Good luck on your finals.

Kirsten said...

Congrats on finishing the classes and good luck on the finals! I'm pretty sure you'll ace them all and that will make the break even more sweet. You deserve a break!

heidikins said...

Oh goodness, good luck with all the testing!! I will be nervous and stomach-crampy for you, thinking about all that just makes me a bit queasy.

Hope your break is fantastic!
xox

heidikins said...

Oh goodness, good luck with all the testing!! I will be nervous and stomach-crampy for you, thinking about all that just makes me a bit queasy.

Hope your break is fantastic!
xox

Kirsten said...

Congrats on finishing the classes and good luck on the finals! I'm pretty sure you'll ace them all and that will make the break even more sweet. You deserve a break!

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