I don't know about the rest of you, but my legal writing class here at Tulsa was worthless. Our teacher who was an adjunct (not even full-time) basically spent most of class talking about how she was such a great attorney and got straight A's in Law School (even though she had two kids BOO HOO). After telling us about how great she was, she told us that in our class of 15, she would only give out one A and nearly everyone would probably get grades in the B- to C range. (Of course she also gave us the usually BS 1st year speech about how grades don't really matter and that we shouldn't get too upset about them) What motivation
The class also sucked because she never let us do our own research and forced us to write our memo's using the law that SHE had construed from the cases given to us. I mean this literally. If you did not qoute a specific part in a case that our teacher thought was important, your grade automatically dropped. Thus, the class became forced regurgitation...i.e., those who talked to her the most about how to write the memos and where to put certain info. got the highest grades. She also made us put our names on the top of our papers so that there was no anonymity. The Result?
Those who kissed her ass the most got the best grades. I (stupidly enough) felt like my own writing talent would get me through the class. WRONG. I ended up w/ a C in the class Spring term despite getting an A- in Property, A in Crim Law and B in Con Law. After finishing my Legal Writing Class I was convinced that I was a terrible writer. Reluctantly, I tried to write-on to Law Review. A friend of mine who got the second highest grade in my writing class also attempted to write on. The Results...I was accepted on law review and my friend was not. I'm not bashing my friend (who by the way was always in my writing teacher's office) but...WHAT THE HELL?
By the way, do others here think that my experience was atypical or is this how writing classes usually work???