I swear you people are so high strung. Who cares if you don't look up a term before class? I saw this happen once or twice in all of 1L. And even if you are the poor sap that is called on, what happens if you can't answer? NOTHING! Grading is blind and based on final exams. Socratic method is the last thing you should ever worry about.
Come on, nobody wants to look stupid in class even if it has no impact on your grade. Regardless, looking up an unknown term can be helpful to understanding the case you're reading.
Never bothered me. I never prepped for class - only for exams. And yes, there was more than one occasion where I looked like a dumbass in class. Maybe every occasion?
Some of my responses:
"sorry, i don't know where your going with this"
"what are you asking?"
"yeah, i saw the case used three tests, i didn't think the court was very clear what the deal was"
"right, i'm not sure, but the gist of the case is this..."
I never got stumped, but that's because I volunteer for short easy questions that I know the answer to. Then the professor is less likely to "want to hear my voice" when he needs to pick on someone. Torts and Crim law were really my only classes that used a true socratic method, but Crim you knew when you were on call, and Torts had heavily edited cases in the casebook, so if you highlighted the important parts and wrote a few things in the margins, you were fine.
Hahaha, did my extremely apathetic post get deleted? Seriously, law school isn't a big deal.