« on: July 12, 2007, 09:18:30 AM »
- Being an uber-gunner. Gunners go after fellow students. The uber-gunner goes after the professor themselves. You know this is happening when the uber-gunner changes or otherwise refuses to accept the hypo the professor presented.
- Being a feelings gunner. This is the person who feels obligated to give their personal opinion on the fairness of every outcome of every case or policy presented in class.
- Being totally oblivious to those around you while studying. This includes playing iPods so loud, songs can clearly be heard through your headphones, and eating noisy cruchy food. It's better to eat a pizza in the library than potato chips.
- Being the "out-of-class gunner." This is the person who cannot talk about anything but legal topics, although might occasionally venture into political debate.
- Talking about how much you study, the progress of your outline, post-mortem on exams, the job search, or grades. It's not necessarily bad, just make real sure the person you're talking with wants to talk about these topics.
- Trying to forcefully create a mentor out of a 2L or 3L who either is known to have good grades, has a good job, or is on law review.
- Obsessing over anything that's ungraded. Legal writing is important, try hard, but remember what gets you paid at the end of the day: A's in graded class.
- Sandbagging. If someone asks you how much you study, either be honest, or say you don't discuss it. Don't say "Oh I don't study much" if you actually work 12 hours a day.
That's about all I can think of for right now.
How about the student who feels obligated to send out PSAs to the *entire* email list? You know, on the order of "_____ happened and here's what I have to say about it..." Michigan hasn't had too much of that (probably a lingering effect of the Tex debacle), but I hear that most schools have at least one guy who just can't keep his brilliant opinions to himself.