So here's a change of subject:
When I visited I sat in on a 1L Con Law class taught by a nice-enough fellow with no ass.
He talked and talked and when he would ask questions, no one answered. Even when he called on a specific person they would look at him blankly and one said, "I... don't know. Can you repeat the question?"
I was a little surprised by this Socratic failure - what gives? Bad prof? Dumb students? Boring material (yes)? Many students were clacking away at their laptops IMing and emailing.
I sat in on a class at another school and that guy had the students attention the whole time. They had to stand to answer and only were allowed to sit back down when he had his way with them and said Thank You. They seemed to like him a lot, despite the toughness.
Lots of things could explain it. Maybe the reading assignment was crazy long and most students didn't make it all the way through. Maybe the students just recently had an LRW assignment due and hadn't had time to read for class. etc
No matter what law school you attend, there will be classes where everyone is zoned out and just trying to make it through. Doesn't matter if you are in Yale or Cooley - some classes will be interesting, chatty, and fun - and others will be dull, boring, and forgettable.
The problem is that students usually don't participate unless participation is part of their grade, or the professor requires it. Otherwise, there is no incentive to speak up. There is actually a slight disincentive in that fellow classmates might call you a "gunner" if you give an answer. I think this is riduclous, but that is the culture at many schools today.