I would summarize the following points from the original poster...
1) Don't do the work that the professors and the legal education institution, whose expertise you're paying tens/hundreds of thousands of dollars for, feel you should to obtain a quality legal education. (THE SINGLE BIGGEST MISTAKE students make in law school is sinking thousands of hours reading and briefing cases in preparation for class)
Rob, I get your beef with working more than the rules allow, but this statement? That's crazy. You talk like those people who say commercial outlines are bad (a lot of those people were my professors.)
Almost nobody pays all that money for "expertise." People pay that money to get a degree and a chance to sit for a bar exam.
I could go on and on about the subject of "quality legal education" especially how law school relates to bar prep and practicing law in the real world, but I'll save that for later.
I will provide one example: The erie doctrine. Yeah, that stupid doctrine that almost nobody ever deals with. Students all over the country spend hours and hours and hours on that crap, and it's useless for 99.9 percent of lawyers. Most people would just have to learn it again, should the question pop up.
Shoot, here are a couple more. Miranda v. Arizona
and Roe v. Wade
. Let's set aside the fact that Roe isn't really controlling anymore. Roe
are huge cases of massive importance, but there little reason read every page of those cases. Particularly Miranda
. Law professors are academics. They desperately try to make their professional programs into research programs so they can feel more like Ph.Ds. My 1L contracts professor spent an entire semester writing a law review article on the development of the law in the wild west. (I edited the piece of crap). His contracts class was so full of legal history that we never really got into any examples of common contract problems. Sure, he covered farrow cows, ambiguously named ships, and 19th century advertising offers, but he openly despised training students to become contract lawyers. His statement (I'm paraphrasing) was, "I'm here to teach the law, not how to be a lawyer. Everyone knows you have to learn on the job. Law school's purpose is to teach you how to be a legal scholar, not a legal practitioner."