Always an option... During 1L year, there was a woman in one of my classes who would just mumble something inaudible to the professor. After telling her to speak up 2-3 times and getting equally inaudible responses, he just gave up.
What's the WORST that could happen? You could say something dumb, be mocked, and have your silly comment referenced for the rest of the class session...or even the rest of the semester! Alternately, you could say nothing at all, petrified from fear, and either pass out or vomit. Then, your nearby colleagues will need to assist you with your medical condition while class marches on.In either mortifying scenario, you'd still proceed with your life, and graduate, and hit the workforce, and no one would be the wiser. :-)**Basically, the "worst" that could happen is just that you won't perform well, and you'll internally beat yourself up, and then you'll move on and feel less scared the next time (and the next, and the next).I think a lot of the fear that comes from the Socratic method is just fear of public speaking, fear of being judged, fear of failure. If you're terribly worried about public speaking, you can overcome your fears through Toastmasters, other public speaking or outreach programs, or confidence/leadership efforts.One simple, expedient way to rip the Bandaid off: volunteer. Yep. Raise your hand and ask a question, or volunteer an answer. Or go up after class and talk to the professor. That eliminates the mystery and the suspense.It helps to remind yourself that it won't make a difference in two years. Hell, it's unlikely to make an impact in 2 weeks. So, if you can conquer your nerves here, you can redirect that energy towards something else.Don't worry -- this, too, shall pass! And when it does, you'll be a bit stronger for it.
My property prof. said "God I wish they had math on the LSAT" last semester when a student couldn't figure out some basic math for adverse possession. We all thought it was hilarious but the kid it was directed at didn't think so.
Quote from: cdrhodes on April 16, 2011, 08:46:58 PMMy property prof. said "God I wish they had math on the LSAT" last semester when a student couldn't figure out some basic math for adverse possession. We all thought it was hilarious but the kid it was directed at didn't think so. Lawyers are supposed to be bad at math just like doctors are supposed to be bad at handwriting. It's the nature of the universe; the way God intended it.
I know everyone keeps telling you don't worry......no one will be paying attention. Though this is probably true I know you still don't want to mess up. I would just say be thoroughly prepared for class. When the professor calls on you don't get all crazy and nervous, but just answer the question and pretend that you are explaining something to someone you are comfortable with like a friend or family member.
An attorney retainer will never be a number like $47,863.53 instead of $50k, nor will an hourly billable rate be something like $387.50 instead of a round $400