congrats *dap* i was thinking about the cirriculum B also, because i am not going to take the bar in DC and would like to know the concepts and thinking behind the law since that is what seems to be applicable everywhere. or do i have the wrong impression of the difference between a and b?
The difference between the two curricula doesn't have anything to do with how applicable the education is to the law in different states. As I understand it, almost everything you learn in law school is federal, mostly based on Supreme Court cases, maybe with a few notes about state law exceptions for the state you're in (especially at regional schools?). Both A and B should give you a nationwide understanding of the law, as well as the important concepts behind it.
As I understand it, the difference in Curriculum B is that, instead of spending all your time figuring out what the black letter law is and going through the minutia of different rules, you do a quicker overview of the black letter law and then spend much more time thinking about the concepts behind it, ways it could have come out different, whether the application of the law by the Supreme Court is really what Congress intended, and so forth. When I visited GULC (I sat in on a class from each section), I learned that most Curriculum B classes don't even use a regular legal casebook. Instead, they have xeroxed packets. I looked through the one belonging to the student sitting next to me - it had cases, of course, but it also had history essays, political theory papers, etc. I was told that the reading for the first day of class was from Thoreau's Civil Disobedience
So, for people who just want to practice regular law, Curriculum B may be a waste of time (depending on what your personal interests are). But for people who have an interest in academia, a lot of interdisciplinary interests, a more philosophical temperament, etc., I think it's a good choice.
A group of radical Curriculum B students have set up a website to inform others / incite change / share class information. It's useful, but take it with a grain of salt: These seem to be the most radical of the bunch, and they have a particular vision not only of what B is, but of what it should
There's also a Curriculum B student with a blog who occasionally writes about why B is good/different. Here's his archive of B stuff: http://scoplaw.blogs.com/scoplaw/section_3/index.html