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Studying and Exam Taking / Evidence final
« on: December 07, 2005, 07:56:07 PM »
This whole semester my evidence professor has been telling us that he will provide a copy of the Federal Rules of Evidence during the final.  Less than a week before the exam (right after we turned in our professor evaluation forms  ::) ) he decides that we will NOT be allowed to have the FRE during the exam...

I guess this is mainly a chance to vent, but it also makes me wonder what the norm is at other schools - do your professors let you have this kind of stuff for the final (FRCP for Civ Pro, FRE for Evidence, UCC for Contracts, etc.)?

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General Board / Re: Mandatory Attendance
« on: August 28, 2005, 04:56:44 PM »
My school has mandatory attendance, and it usually works something like this: You may miss X number of classes without any effect on your grade.  If you miss any over that amount, your grade is dropped one level (i.e. a B becomes a B-) for EACH absence over the allowed number.  The professors are allowed to set the number of classes you may miss, with most choosing to give us somewhere around 4-6.  Many of them base the allowed absences on the number of times per week that the class meets.  I do have one professor that says you get X number of absences, and anything higher than that results in an F.  In every one of my classes we either sign a roll sheet or the professor takes attendance from a seating chart.

My opinion is that (a) we are paying BIG bucks to go to law school, and that is incentive enough to attend and (b) if you're smart enough to miss a lot of class and still ace the final, more power to you.  People should be responsible for their own choices regarding how well they want to do in law school.  I know the ABA requires a certain level of attendance, but I'm also getting really tired of unnecessary rules.

Furthermore, one of my pet peeves is when a professor tries to show how much "control" s/he has over the class.  We are adults, and we are here to learn.  We are not here to be intimidated or to hear how great you think you are.

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General Board / This is a strange question...
« on: August 27, 2005, 05:47:48 PM »
... but what is your school's policy about bathroom breaks during class?  This has become a hot topic at my school recently because a few professors have banned bathroom breaks during their classes. 


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