As for Res Judicata, any student who has taken Civpro knows the doctrine quite well. I highly doubt that you know more about Res Judicata than a law student who has just completed Civpro.
hehe, you'd be suprised. See, in school your teacher tells you what cases to read - I have to figure out which ones to analyze on my own. This means I ahve to skim a lot of cases before I get to the one that applies to our specific situation. And i do digest this extra, useless (for my specific purpose) information.
Do you know how it applies in the jurisdiction you will be practicing in? I do.
But by now you should also have real-life research experience outside of school, so you know what im talking about.
I am getting defensive. What I am trying to point out that it is really funny to me that those in law school who have little or no real-life experience in actually practicing the law make themselves sound like seasoned veterans. I work with an associate who graduated from a top 30 school, and my boss always thinks it is funny to point out to me all the things that I understand (through work i have done) that this guy is clueless about, even though he just graduated. A lot of the law can be figured out using common sense and westlaw, with or without a law degree.
From the perspective of many lawyers I have met with 20+ years of experience in winning cases, law school is not about learning the "details" of res judiciata or any other concept, because when it comes down to specific examples you are still going to have to figure out how it applies in your exact situation. Perhaps it will take you guys 20+ years as well to arrive at the same conclusion.