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Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« on: January 16, 2006, 05:51:01 PM »
I had a little bit if time on my hands and decided to put together a tentative list of courses for 2L and 3L. It's going to change depending on how well I do, how I like certain classes, and whether I like practicing in the areas I try out during the summer.

A lot of these courses are good for the bar, but they're also really practical, from what I've heard. It was tough narrowing down my list because there were a lot that I was interested in, but also a lot that I know I should take because they're practical and will be helpful in the future.

2L

Fall Semester
Accounting for Lawyers – 2 credits
Corporations – 4 credits
Secured Transactions (commercial lending transactions) – 3 credits
Fiduciary Relations (Trust Law) – 2 credits
Intellectual Property– 2 credits

Total Credits – 13

Spring Semester
Jurisprudence – 2 credits
Evidence – 4 credits
Basic Federal Income Tax – 4 credits
Advanced Legal Research – 2 credits
Advanced Writing: Directed Study – 2 credits

Total Credits – 14

3L

Fall Semester
Trial Advocacy – 3 credits
Family Law – 3 credits
Agency and Partnership – 4 credits
Conveyancing and Mortgage Law (Real Estate Transactions) – 2 credits
Corporate Taxation– 3 credits

Total Credits – 15 credits

Spring Semester
Contract Drafting: Principles and Techniques – 3 credits
Commercial Paper and Payment Systems (credit cards, electronic funds transfers, etc.) – 3 credits
Law Practice Management – 3 credits
Consumer Law – 2 credits
Professional Responsibility – 2 credits

Total Credits – 13 credits

Total Required Credit Hours to Graduate – 84

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2006, 05:59:28 PM »
Looks pretty well-rounded.  Payment Systems and Secured Transactions are a little redundant.  I would swap Payment Systems out in favor of Labor & Employment law.  You should also think about doing a clinic instead of one of those writing courses because you'll get both writing and valuable hands-on experience in a clinic. 

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2006, 08:58:02 PM »
Looks pretty well-rounded.  Payment Systems and Secured Transactions are a little redundant.  I would swap Payment Systems out in favor of Labor & Employment law.  You should also think about doing a clinic instead of one of those writing courses because you'll get both writing and valuable hands-on experience in a clinic. 

Thanks for the advice. I didn't realize the redundancy with those two courses -- you have a point.

I'm not really that interested in Labor and Employment law, but I'll consider it. I was thinking about doing a clinic too -- good advice.

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2006, 11:34:02 PM »
What are you taking this year? 

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2006, 12:27:20 AM »
What are you taking this year? 

I'm in 1L now, so I'm taking all required courses:

Fall

Crim
K's
Torts
Property
Civ Pro
Legal Research and Writing

Spring

Con Law
K's
Property
Civ Pro
Torts
Legal Research and Writing

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2006, 12:53:38 AM »
Does your school give you credit for being on Law Review?

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2006, 01:16:03 AM »
I am a 1L too, but we have an elective in place of Con law.  I cannot claim to be much help, but all the 2Ls at my school seem to take Evidence. 

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2006, 01:28:01 AM »
Does your school give you credit for being on Law Review?

Yea, they do.

If I make it on, that will be 4 less credits I think. (I think it's 2 credits per semester, but only in the third year -- not sure though.)

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2006, 03:45:40 PM »
try balancing classes with exams and paper or other requirements.  Unless you're convinced you want to take five semester-end exams. 
And find out your school's policy for giving credits for journal/law review work.  Remember that you generally don't automatically remain with the journal in third year - you have to be selected as an editor. 

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Re: Critique My List of Courses for 2L and 3L
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2006, 05:29:11 PM »
good call

try balancing classes with exams and paper or other requirements.  Unless you're convinced you want to take five semester-end exams. 
And find out your school's policy for giving credits for journal/law review work.  Remember that you generally don't automatically remain with the journal in third year - you have to be selected as an editor.