Congrats on GMU!! I absolutely love it there. It was a really hard choice for me to come to GMU b/c I am doing a long distance relationship with my fiancee (getting married May
who is at BYU finishing his undergrad. The best info I can get give you is about the daytime profs and classes you will take your first semester.
Torts-Krauss Unless you are really into tort theory I would avoid him. He does not teach the black letter law and just wants to "wonder" about what tort law should be. To him tort law is about corrective justice and morality (which 90% of the law world will say is wrong, most say torts is about detterence and compenstation). He is a really smart guy and he has written a ton on torts. If you have him then you want to read all the stuff he wrote over the summer. The exam is basically about spitting his opinion back out at him. Also read Vosburg v. Putney and theorize about it. You will be money on the first day.
There is not to much to say about this class except to not talk during it. You can study really hard, but unless you have an econ background you probably can hope for a B at best (gotta love the 2.9 curve). Everyone, and I mean everyone, walked out of his exam completly demoralized and convinced we had failed. I would study to the point where you understand the concepts, but don't waste your time on the practice tests or problems, they won't help (even though he says they will) Oh yes and one other thing, ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING, this is what got me a B in the class (which was a shock to me seeing as I thought I failed for sure) WRITE DOWN EVERY STORY HE SAYS IN DETAIL! I AM NOT KIDDING. When he talks about the pencil, write it down, same with the mafia, jamiaca, and anything else on his mind. He will put about 10 of these questions on the exam, and they might be the only 10 you know for sure you got right. I was shocked at the number of people who did not bother to do this, and thus gave up 10 points, which on the curve is HUGE!
He is awesome in class, take thorough notes when he is talking about cases. Know the UCC 2 (unrevised version) and Restatment cold. This will be huge on the exam. Talk a lot in class and go to his office and you will get a grade bump.He is afraid of the curve though and tends to shove most students in the B B- ranges, thus making it very hard to do well, even though you might know the material really well, Oh yeah facts of cases are very important.
KNOW WHAT TRESPASS ON THE CASE IS! He is going to embarass the crap out of some poor 1L on the first day of class. KNOW THIS and DOUBLE CHECK to make sure you know it. Gilberts Property is a great study guide keyed to his book. You need to know the policy and black letter law. You don't need to know cases, so read them and move on with life. You have to think outside the box for his exam, but don't do it in class. Start getting Future Interests down now, he really likes them on the exam.
I think that is about it, plus I have to get back to studying. Feel free to contact me if you have other questions Chaddow81@yahoo.com