« on: August 10, 2006, 10:37:58 AM »
I think it depends on the class.
If it is a regular class, like torts or property then I wouldn't sweat it, as long as you do the reading and get the notes from someone. The class is most likely fairly large and no one will notice. Missing one class is not that bad unless its civ pro, which is kind of confusing in the beginning, but even so its not fatal. People are going to miss class all the time, just wait until the classes right before and after your legal writing memo is due...
On the other hand, if it is your legal research/writing class I would approach it differently. Those classes are usually small and intense in the beginning. Some schools have small assignments due earlier in the semester, like the first couple weeks. If itís a legal writing class I would definitely approach the teacher before hand, at least a week before class. The Prof. will definitely know if you missed class, you will probably miss something important, there may be an assignment due that class, or you may be getting one that class. Since grading in anonymous at many schools, turning in an assignment that is due that class may be tricky.
If you tell the legal research prof. far enough in advance, you may be able to make up the class with a different section that meets on a different day of the week, possibly even with the same prof. Even if itís a different prof., the first week of Legal Research is probably pretty standard for the whole school.