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Law Professors Are Evil… 2006 August 21

Posted by stephaniesays in 1L, Professors, Rants.
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and it’s only the first day of class. Upon opening up my Property book to read tomorrow’s assignment I was greeted by a horrifying paragraph. The first two sentences said something about leasehold possessory states, freeholds, seisin and other such stuff. Yeah, what the hell, right? I pulled up Black’s on Westlaw to discern a definition or two but to no avail. I seriously needed a dictionary to understand the dictionary. I eventually turned to one of the 2Ls I know sitting across from me and forced him to explain the two sentences. It made sense. I explained it to my friend who had joined me. Then I moved on to chapter six, away from this lone paragraph from hell that took me probably 20 minutes to understand.

Now, why are law professors evil? Oh, because he threw us that nasty paragraph knowing we would be confused and in need of some dictionary research and deep though processes and THEN made us read (in another part of the book) the simple definitions and ideas behind that paragraph. Oh yes. He assigned that sucker to mess with us.

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1. queencru - 2006 August 21

So far my professors seem to be pretty nice, but a lot of the books just dive right in and act like you’re supposed to know everything already. One book always says, “You probably already know about X”- yeah sure, on my first day I am just a treasure trove of law knowledge, which is why I am in law school. They give you one totally crappy example and then tell you to run with it on your own. Who gives one example? I guess this is why everyone gets the supplementary material, huh?

2. schooled - 2006 August 22

hahahahaha…. sorry, it’s not actually funny, but i’ve had the same thing.

i was also assigned a 32 pg constitutional opinion to brief for the first day… for a civ pro class. the 2L/3Ls say it has NOTHING to do with what we do the rest of the semester.

yeah, that made sense. 😉

3. Lily - 2006 August 22

For what little it’s worth, the B-meister says that there are two primers you absolutely [i]must[/i] read before you read the cases: Glannons Civil Proceedure Examples and Explanations, and the Property E&E. (I forget the author; my copy’s in D.C.)

Since I’m in the experimental curriculum, I’m not sure how to apply that advice to my situation. :-\

4. queencru - 2006 August 22

My Civ Pro professor pretty much told us to do everything ourselves, while others recommended some of the primers but not all. Of course, we started out with Pennoyer v. Neff which is horrific to get through without any help- what a nightmare. Still, I am going to try to get through myself for now since I don’t really have the money to be buying any supplements.

5. stephaniesays - 2006 August 22

i havfe E&E for torts. i will prob get it for property and MAYBE contracts,. we dont take civ pro until the spring.

6. schooled - 2006 August 22

I’ve heard High Court summarys are helpful, too.

7. Marc - 2006 August 22

I know I’m probably out of place here, but I like to hear stories from fellow law students to see if I can pick up any tips and compare my experience. I will add my 2 cents that helped me through 1L year.

1. Cases are tough when you begin reading them because it’s a different language. I used High Court summaries because they were outstanding. The other summaries, I forget the name, are not as good; I used them the beginning of first semester and didn’t like them. As you learn to read the cases and the legal jargon, you find that you need the case summaries less, also the professor will start straying from the issues stated in High Court and talk about some really weird theories.

2. E&E’s are GOLD. If you can’t afford to buy them, go to a library and copy pages. If you can’t find them in the library, well… I would sell blood to get one. It will make exam time much more tolerable.

3. “Understanding” series by Lexus-Nexus is also a great resource.

4. Finally, Outline the course… it’s an easy way to organize things in your head and study for finals.

5. Also try dictionary.law.com or dictionary.lp.findlaw.com for definitions.

If you want more tips, feel free to email me. (I think this post will have my email linked).


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