It's the big lie of law schools. It creates unnecessary consternation. I did not have one professor use the socratic method in my law school. The only one who thought he was doing it was my Property professor.But it wasn't socratic, it was a reading quiz. He called on people alphabetically, so you knew when your turn was coming up. Then he'd quiz you with things like, "And what did the Appellate Court say?" and "and what did the Defendant want?" That would go on for 20 minutes while many other people just surfed the Internet or suffered through the facts of the case. Then he'd end with "And what did you think." By that point, nobody thought anything, we were so numb with boredom. There was none of that rip and rumble, everybody on the edge of their seats you imagine. I purposely did not hook up my wireless my first year, or I would have been Googling the cases to learn something about them.This is just one problem with law school. For those looking forward to the challenge of the socratic method, you will be disappointed. But this is not the main problem. The main problem is here:http://accuracyblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/law-school-story.htmlDEMAND MORE TESTS! DEMAND TEACHING ASSISTANTS!
The way we are going, you are right, things will be over for a lot of people. I'm not angry with life, I'm angry with how unprepared we are for everything that hits us. I'm angry with our ruling political class. I'm angry it never changes. I am not alone.You address my anger but not one issue. Between us who is focusing on what matters?
Political argument aside (although W. is a bastard, and maybe the democratic party has no bite, but the bite the republicans had was smeared with lies and fear) -Mr. Laurel, u say we are unprepared for everything that hits us, perhaps you are missing the point of law school. It is not to teach us the nuts and bolts of lawyering, like how to prepare an affidavit, jury instructions, or even the correct form to a motion. Rather, the sole purpose is to teach the foreign concept of thinking like a lawyer.
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